What is a computer?

A computer is a programmable, electronic device that accepts data, performs operations on that data, presents the results, and can store the data/results as needed*

* Definition taken from Understanding Computers: Today and Tomorrow, 11th Edition

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Let's discuss the IPOS Cycle!


Based on our understanding of what a computer is, as well as the elements of the IPOS cycle, decide as a group whether or not each of the following items is a computer:

  1. A digital watch
  2. A DVR
  3. A microwave
  4. A washing machine
  5. A calculator
  6. An automobile
  7. A toaster
  8. An ATM
  9. A radio
  10. The human brain