Date of Award

1969

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Computer Science

Abstract

The electronic device known as the Computer was developed many years ago and is widely used by businessmen, scientists, and engineers to assist in solving many types of problems. In order to understand how computers can help you solve problems, it is best to disregard some of the impressions gained from popular accounts of the computers use. The computer is not a magic brain which will replace the human brain; the computer simply performs a series of mathematical or logical steps according to instructions which spell out exactly how it is to perform the required operations.

The computer's primary purpose is to provide an efficient and economical method of handling the vast amounts of numerical, data and other information involved in the tasks performed in government, business, and industry. A major result of the computer's work is the reduction of time and cost in performing these tasks. Also computer techniques are sometimes so effective that radical approaches to problem-solving may be attempted.

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