The Central Processing Unit (CPU): Crash Course Computer Science #7

Build your own CPU. A video shows how logic gates, the ALU, and RAM all combine to form the central processing unit of a computer. It explains the fetch, decode, and execute phases of the CPU. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Open up an old computer to show pupils the CPU
Classroom Considerations
  • Seventh installment in a series on computer science
  • Note that the narrator describes the video as the most complicated one in the series; take time to address questions at the end
  • Learners need to have knowledge of ALU and RAM from previous videos
  • Graphics hold viewer interest
  • Explains concepts thoroughly
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