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CUT6 1.5

Computers: Understanding Tech 6e 1.5

hardware All the physical components that make up the system unit plus the other devices connected to it, such as a keyboard or monitor; also includes other peripherals and devices.
peripheral device A connected device located outside of (or peripheral to) the computer but typically controlled by it; for example, a keyboard, mouse, webcam, or printer.
main memory Primary storage or random access memory (RAM) that consists of banks of electronic chips that provide temporary storage for instructions and data during processing.
hard copy Output produced in tangible form, such as on paper or plastic.
soft copy Output produced in intangible or temporary form, which can be viewed on a computer screen but not physically handled.
storage device A hardware component that houses a storage medium that provides more permanent storage of programs, data, and information; you can later retrieve the stored data to work with it. Also called secondary storage.
communications device A device that makes it possible for multiple computers to exchange instructions, data, and information.
modem An electronic device that converts computer-readable information into a form that can be transmitted and received over a communications system.
software Programs that consist of the instructions that direct the operation of the computer system and enable users to perform specific tasks, such as word processing. Types of software include system software and application software.
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