Computer organization


How does a computer really work? How does a central processing unit, primary and secondary memory and peripherals like a keyboard, monitor and mouse all come together to make a computer that we all use every day?

Big questions include:

  1. What is a CPU?
  2. What is primary memory?
  3. What is a bit?
  4. What is binary?
  5. How do computers represent data?
  6. Our CPU’s work at millions of cycles per second. What happens in one cycle?
  7. What rules govern the logic of a computer?

This is the essence of computer science: understanding the fundamental constructions of these machines.