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What is analog computers

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Asked by armaan gill, 05 Sep '10 05:43 pm
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An analog computer is a form of computer that uses the continuously-changeable aspects of physical phenomena such as electrical,[1] mechanical, or hydraulic quantities to model the problem being solved. In contrast, digital computers represent varying quantities incrementally, as their numerical values change.

Mechanical analog computers were very important in gun fire control in World War II and the Korean War; they were made in significant numbers. In particular, development of transistors made electronic analog computers practical, and before digital computers had developed sufficiently, they were commonly used in science and industry.

Analog computers can have a very wide range of complexity. Slide rules and nomographs are the simplest, while naval gunfire control computers and large hybrid digital/analog computers were among the most complicated.

Setting up an analog computer required scale factors to be chosen, along with initial conditionsthat is, starting values. Anoth ...more
Answered by sach dev thakur, 08 Sep '10 11:36 am

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