Dale - Computer Science Illuminated 114

Dale - Computer Science Illuminated 114 - the most basic...

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Gates and Circuits Chapter 4 Computers are electronic devices; the most fundamental hardware elements of a computer control the flow of electricity. In a very primitive sense, we use technology to harness the power of a light- ning bolt, bending it to our will so that we can perform calcula- tions and make decisions. This chapter dances the fine line between computer science and electrical engineering, examining
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Unformatted text preview: the most basic hardware elements in a computer. In Chapter 2, we looked at number systems in general and at the binary number system in particular. And, as we saw in Chapter 3, the binary number system is of special interest because it is used to represent information in a computer. In this chapter, we explore how computers use electric signals to represent and manipulate those binary values. 87...
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This note was uploaded on 01/13/2011 for the course CSE 1550 taught by Professor Marianakant during the Fall '10 term at York University.

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