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How CD-Rom drives work


How CD-Rom drives work

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Explains the technology and science behind compact disks.
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Date Added to MERLOT: May 13, 2002
Date Modified in MERLOT: May 02, 2014
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Submitter: Mark Nelson


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Primary Audience: College General Ed
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Language: English
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Avatar for Dr. Judy Ann Serwatka
13 years ago

Dr. Judy Ann Serwatka (Faculty)

Many students have difficulty imagining how a piece of hardware actually works,
and this Web site gives a good explanation for CD-ROM drives and disks. The
theory is presented along with pictures of the inside of the physical drive and
graphical animations of the write process. An excellent addition to any
discussion of how this hardward works.

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The site is presented in html and runs well.
Used in course

Avatar for   was
13 years ago

was (Faculty)

An excellent review of how cd's work from How Stuff Works. Always a good site
for newbies.

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Quick to load and interesting.
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