B7- When Does 3 and 6 = 7- How Computers Calculate


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  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture


When computers calculate, they have to use a simpler type of mathematics since they only can work with ones and zeros. The math they use is called "Boolean Algebra" after George Boole, who invented it in the mid 1800's. Boolean Algebra is used for all computer processes, but it probably is most apparent in internet searches.

Total Time 2.5 hours

Student Objectives / Goals


California's 2008 CTE Standards (1)

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  • Students will be able to conduct advanced Boolean searches on the internet.
  • Students will understand the basic concepts of Boolean logic and how it is used in the computer field.
  • Students will be able to perform AND and OR Boolean operations on binary numbers.
  • Students will appreciate the contributions of George Boole to computer technology.


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