Binary: the number system that computers use; it uses only two digits 1, and 0.
Bit: the smallest amount of information known.
Bug: a computer error
Byte: a unit of storage in a computer; it is equal to eight bits.
CD-ROM (Compact disc Read Only memory): A flat metallic disc that contains a large amount of permanently stored information
Computer: a machine that takes data in the form of number, words, or symbols, and performs operations according to
the directions given.
Computer Science: the science of using computer to solve problems.
CPU (Central Processing Unit): The heart of the computer where instructions are carried out and the overall activity
Cursor: the blinking symbol on the computer screen.
Data: information of any kind; collection of facts.
Database: a collection of information stored in a computer and designed for quick retrieval, expansion, and updating.
Debugging: finding and correcting errors in computer software.
Disk: a thin disk of magnetic material capable of storing a large amount of information
Disk Drive: the device that reads and records information on disks.
File: a collection of related information stored and dealt with as a unit.
Fixed disk: a disk that is permanently mounted in a disk drive.
Graphics: the part of computer science dealing with pictures.
Hardware: the Physical equipment in a computer system: includes; Keyboard, disk drive, printer, monitor, etc.
Information: data that is organized
Input: data going into the computer.
Memory/Storage: the part of the computer that stores information, data and instructions.
Modem: A device connected to a computer and a telephone line that lets you send and receive information via the telephone
line to and from other computers.
Monitor: The TV screen connected to a computer; also called CRT (Cathode Ray Tube), a screen or a video display terminal.
Mouse: a small, hand-held device with rollers on its base which, when rolled across a flat surface, controls the cursor
on the screen.
Operating System: A collection of programs that controls how your computer system runs and processes information.
Output: Data or information coming out of the computer
Peripherals: any accessory that can be connected to the computer, such as printer, joystick, disk drive, modem, scanner,
zip drive, CD-ROM, tape drive backup.
Printer: A device that makes computer output visible on paper.
Program: a set of instructions telling the computer what to do.
Software: another word for computer program.
Spreadsheet: a program that organizes numeric data into columns and rows; commonly used for checkbook balances, budgeting,
and finding averages and percentages.
Web Browser: A program used to view files on the internet.
Internet Explorer, Netscape
Web Editor: A program used to create web pages and other internet files.
Word Processor: a computerized system used to store, edit duplicate, and transmit documents (Letters, reports, etc.)