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to get at or into


a computer program job that does a user-oriented job


to figure as to add, subtract or multiply


a single letter, digit, or symbol


an integrated circut. A thin piece of siliconthat contains all the componentsof an elctronic circut


a message from the user to the computer that tells it what to do next


a term that describes hardware and software that can work together


a device used to accept, process, store, and get information


a symbol such as a square or underlined bar that shows you where you are on the screen


the symbols used to represent facts, events, or things

data processing

a set of methods used for collecting , handling, and outputting data to reach certain goals


a flat, circular piece of metal or plastic coated with magnetic material used for storing data

disk drive

device used to store data on a disk and to read what is stored on a disk

expansion slot

a connector inside a computer designed to allow a user to add printed circut to the motherboard

floppy disk

a reusable magnetic storage medium that uses a thin mylar circular disk as the storage surface

hard copy

output that is printed on paper


the physical parts that make up a computer system, like keyboards, printers


a set of data that has a meaning and is useful


the data that is entered into a computer, the act of entering into a computer

integrated circut

a complete circut on a chip, built by a chip fabrication process


a computer input device that uses a set of keys to put data into a computer


storage units (1,024 bytes)


to put a program into a computer's primary memory from a disk or a tape


a measure of speed, one million cycles per second


a place to store information; usually coded in a binary format; see RAM, ROM


a list of choices shown on the screen from which the user picks a command or data to enter onto a computer


a complete computer that has relatavely few electronic parts and peripheral devices


a video display device or screen used for showing output


the main circutboard of a computer housing the microprocessor and providing the means of connecting all the components that make up a computer


a computer input device used as a pointing and darawing instrument by selecting specific postitions on the monitor


the computer the computer generated information that is displayed to the user in some discernible form such as a screen display, printed page, or sound

peripheral device

a device that is attached to the computer and aids in input and/or output..

primary memory

the section of a computer that holds instructions, data, and intermediate and final results during processing; also known as internal storage


a machine that prints characters or other images on paper


the second step of the data processing flow in which the computer acts on data


a set of step by step instructions that tella computer exactly how to doa certain task

programming language

a code in which a computer program is written

Random Access Memory

form of primary memory in which instructions and data can be read, written, or erased


term used to describe the computer's activity of getting an item in memory or interpreting it

Read Only Memory

form of primary memory that holds items that can be read but not erased or changed by normal computer input


a machine that changes images on paperor photos into a digital form that the computer can use.

secondary storage

all storage materials other than primary memory


a computer program that imitates a real world situation; it shows what happens

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