What is Computer?
Computer is an advanced electronic device that takes raw data as input from the user and
processes these data under the control of set of instructions (called program) and gives
the result (output) and saves output for the future use. It can process both numerical and
non-numerical (arithmetic and logical) calculations.
A computer has four functions:
a. accepts data
b. processes data
c. produces output
d. stores results
Input is the raw information entered into a computer from the input devices. It is the
collection of letters, numbers, images etc.
Process is the operation of data as per given instruction. It is totally internal process of
the computer system.
Output is the processed data given by computer after data processing. Output is also
called as Result. We can save these results in the storage devices for the future use.
All of the components of a computer system can be summarized with the simple
COMPUTER SYSTEM = HARDWARE + SOFTWARE+ USER
Hardware = Internal Devices + Peripheral Devices
All physical parts of the computer (or everything that we can touch) are known as
Software = Programs
Software gives "intelligence" to the computer.
USER = Person, who operates computer.