Basic Computer Vocabulary
Directions:   Basic Computer Vocabulary WS provided by your teacher or your own paper.

Click the word to find the definition.  Write out the definition on your paper. 

You will have to use the back button to return to the list of Vocabulary words.

1. Bit
2.  Byte
3.  Computer
4.  CPU
5.  Gigabyte
6.  Hardware
7.  Input Devices
8.  Kilobytes
9.  Megabytes
10. Output Devices
11. Peripheral
12. Storing Devices
13. RAM
14. Software, Programs or Applications

Any hardware attached to the Tower.  Items like the mouse, keyboard, printer and the head phones are called peripherals.

Amount of memory required to hold a single piece of information (each letter of a word, number or a symbol like # is a byte of information).  8 bits = 1 byte.

A computer is an electronic device, operating under the control of information stored in it's own memory unit, that can accept data (input), process the data mathematically and logically, produce output from the process and store the results for future use. 
A gigabyte is a billion bytes.

The Central Processing Unit (CPU) communicates with input, output and storage devices to perform different tasks.  It's the "heart" of the computer.

Any device that lets the computer communicate with you is known as output devices.  These devices display or present information (printers, monitors, speakers and headphones).
A megabyte is a million bytes.

Random Access Memory is memory available when the computer is on.  Sometimes your computer gets really slow because you've used up your RAM.  All you need to do is restart your computer and the RAM will be refreshed to its original state. 
A kilobyte is a thousand (1,000) bytes.

These devices store information and the computer uses the information to perform different tasks or jobs.  (thumb drives, CDs, the harddrive, and DVDs are examples of storage devices.)

These devices enter information into the computer and let's you communicate with the computer.  The mouse, keyboard, scanners, joystick and digital cameras are input devices.

These three names mean the exact same thing - it's information used to run the computer.  Microsoft Word is an example of software or program or applications.

Any component of the computer you can see and touch.  Things like the mouse, keyboard, monitor and printer are called hardware.

The smallest piece of information that a computer can process is called a bit.  This piece of information is meaningless to us because 8 bits equals 1 byte.  (See byte for more information.)

Created by Jo Black 8-24-03

Updated 23 August 2016

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