Introduction to Programming using Python 1st Edition

Published by Pearson
ISBN 10: 0132747189
ISBN 13: 978-0-13274-718-9

Chapter 1 - Introduction to Computers, Programs, and Python - Section 1.2 - What Is a Computer? - Check Point - MyProgrammingLab - Page 9: 1.5


bits and bytes are memory units

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Computers understand only 0s and 1s. These 0s and 1s are interpreted as digits in the binary number system and are called $bits$ (binary digits). The minimum storage unit in a computer is a byte. A byte is composed of eight bits. A small number such as 3 can be stored as a single $byte$.
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