Unit 1 Chapter 2 Lesson 1 Question

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#1

What are your thoughts on categorizing the Abacus as a computer based upon the 4 pillars that make a computer a computer? We are on the fence because a human still has calculate the results.


#2

Hi @ctaylor,

Yeah, I think it’s a big stretch to say an abacus does any processing.


#3

Ms Taylor,

I agree with Frank below - there are a number of items which have components of the Input-Processing-Storage-Output model, but a computer needs to have all. I really enjoy this lesson so early in the curriculum because its a really interesting class discussion which gives me an opportunity to see how my students think!

Brad


#4

Thanks! The only reason this is even an issue is because historically the abacus is considered the first computer.