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eClasses for Beginners

What's a Computer?

A computer is an electronic device that manipulates information or "data." It has the ability to store, retrieve, and process data. You can use a computer to type documents, send email, and surf the Internet. You can also use it to handle spreadsheets, accounting, database management, presentations, games, and more.

Whether you realize it or not, computers play an important role in our lives. When you withdraw cash from an ATM, scan groceries at the store, or use a calculator, you're using a type of computer.

We'll show you the anatomy of a computer, starting with how to open the computer case. Once open, we'll give you a guided tour of your computer and its hardware components showing you how to find your hardware, how each component is hooked up and what it does. We'll show you the motherboard, the hard drive and RAM sticks, the disk drives and more!