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Overview

Peter Norton's Introduction to Computers 5th Edition is a state-of-the-art text that provides comprehensive coverage of computer concepts. It is geared toward students learning about computer systems for the first time. Some of the topics covered are: an Overview of computers, input methods and output devices, processing data, storage devices, operating systems, software, networking, Internet resources, and graphics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780078264214
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 9/26/2002
  • Series: Concepts Ser.
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 598
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.64 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Student: Why Study Computer Technology?
Prerequisites: What You Should Know Before Using This Book
Unit 1 The Amazing Computer 2
Sect. 1A Introduction to Computer Systems 3
Sect. 1B Introduction to the Internet 22
Unit 2 Interacting With Your Computer 42
Sect. 2A Standard Input Devices 43
Sect. 2B Alternative Input Devices 61
Unit 3 Output Devices 78
Sect. 3A Monitors and Sound Systems 79
Sect. 3B Devices That Output Hard Copy 96
Unit 4 Processing Data 112
Sect. 4A Transforming Data Into Information 113
Sect. 4B CPUs Used in Personal Computers 132
Unit 5 Storing Information in a Computer 150
Sect. 5A Types of Storage Devices 151
Sect. 5B Measuring and Improving Drive Performance 174
Unit 6 The Operating System and User Interface 188
Sect. 6A Operating System Basics 189
Sect. 6B PC Operating Systems 205
Unit 7 Networks and Data Communications 230
Sect. 7A Networking Basics 231
Sect. 7B Networking the Home, the Office, and the Globe 252
Unit 8 The Internet and Online Resources 268
Sect. 8A Internet Basics 269
Sect. 8B Getting Online, Working Online 291
Unit 9 Application Software: Word Processors and Spreadsheets 316
Sect. 9A Word Processing and Desktop Publishing Software 317
Sect. 9B Spreadsheet Software 333
Unit 10 Application Software: Presentation Programs and Databases 348
Sect. 10A Presentation Programs 349
Sect. 10B Database Management Systems 363
Unit 11 Graphics and Multimedia 388
Sect. 11A Graphics and Graphics Software 389
Sect. 11B Understanding Multimedia 409
Unit 12 Development of Information Systems 430
Sect. 12A The Basics of Information Systems 431
Sect. 12B Building Information Systems 449
Unit 13 Software Programming and Development 462
Sect. 13A Creating Computer Programs 463
Sect. 13B Programming Languages and the Programming Process 485
Unit 14 Living With Computers 504
Sect. 14A Computers and the Individual 505
Sect. 14B Computing Issues That Affect Us All 519
App. A The History of Microcomputers 538
App. B Self Check Answers 549
Glossary 550
Index 574
Image Credits 587
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