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To get at or into


A computer program that does a user orrientated job


To figure as to add, subtract, multiply, and so on


A single letter, digit, or a special symbol


An intergrated circiut


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 sauch as a sqaure or underline bar that shows where you are on the screen


The symbols used to represent facts, events, or things

Data Processing

A set of methods for collecting, handleing, and outputing data to reach certain goals


A flat circular piece of metal or plastic coated with magnetic material used to store data

Disk Drive

The 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 circuit boards and daughter boards to the mother board

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-for example Keyboards, printers,and so on


Acess to data


The step in the data processing flow which data is collectedand entered into the computer

Intergrated circuit

Circuitry whose parts are etched together on a small silicon chip less than one-fourth of an inch sqaure


An input device that usally has keys like those on a typewriter


1,024 storage units often rounded to 1,000 to measure a computers memory


To put a programinto a computers primary memory from a disk or tape


A measure of speed, one million cycles per second


A place to store information;usallycoded in a binary format


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


A complete computer that has relativiteyfew electronic parts and periphreal devices


A video display deviceor screen used for showing output


The main circuit board of a computer housing the microprocesser and providing the means of connecting all the componets that make up the computer


An input device that is rolled on a smooth surface to move the cursor


The step in the data processing flow in which information comes from a computer as a result of processing

Peripheral device

A device that is attached to the computerand aids in input and/or output

Primary Memory

The section of the computerthat holds instuctions, data, and intermidiate and final results during processing


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 instuctions that tell a computerexactly how to do a certain task

Programming Language

a code in which a computer program is written


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


Term used to describe the computers activityof getting an item in memory and interpriting it


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 from paper or photos into digital form that the computer can use

Secondary storage

All storage materials other than primary memory


A computer program thatimatates a real world situation

Soft copy

A temporary display of output seen on a monitor


Programs, or instructions, that tell a computer exactly what to do

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