Pronunciation: /ˌkɒm.pjʊˈteɪ.ʃən/ Explain

Computation is using an algorithm to calculate, usually with numbers. For example, to compute 3+4, one uses the addition algorithm to calculate the answer 7. Computers are called computers because they 'compute', or calculate, numbers quickly and accurately.


  1. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, computation. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 41. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book

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