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Comdex Foundation of Information Technology, Class 9
ISBN: 978-93-5119-873-4 | Pages: 400 | Price: Rs. 429/- w/CD |Author: Vikas Gupta
With rapid changes taking place in the field of computers, Information Technology has become a common phrase in today’s world. The impact of IT can be felt in every facet of our lives. This book has been designed as per the new CBSE syllabus of “Foundation of Information Technology”, Class 9. The book will help students to understand the concepts and implement them in easy-to-understand practical applications. The book aims to develop a basic understanding of IT concepts among beginners.

What's Inside:
  • Presenting the concepts in simple language
  • Using a step-by-step approach, supplemented by figures and callouts, to explain the concepts
  • Presenting Definition, Did You Know?, Note, Quick Quiz, Guess Who? and Additional Information in an attractive style
  • Providing solved and unsolved questions at the end of each chapter – both formative and summative
  • Latest sample papers of CBSE

Key Features:
    •  International style text in full color
    •  Complete CBSE Syllabus Coverage
    •  Illustrations and real-life examples to explain concepts
    •  Equipped with pedagogical elements
    •  Cheat Sheet and Key Terms for quick review of concepts
    •  Questions for Summative and Formative Assessment include: MCQs, VBQs, HOTs, Workshop, Lab Activities, Application-Oriented Questions
    • Solutions to CBSE sample papers and previous years
    examination questions

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1
An Introduction to Computer System

Defining a Computer
Understanding Data
Understanding Information
Understanding Hardware

Understanding Software

Exploring Functional Components of a Computer

Working of a Computer

Applications of a Computer

Computer Applications in Business  

Computers at Home

Computer Applications in Accounting

Computer Applications for Customer Interaction

Computer Applications in Communication

Computer Applications in Advertising

Computer Applications in Health Care

Computer Applications in Education

Computer Applications in Research

Computer Applications in Engineering

Computer Applications in Law Enforcement

Computer Applications in Governance

Computer Applications in Manufacturing

Computer Applications in Military

Computer Applications in Music

Computer Applications in Film and Television

Features of a Computer

Limitations of a Computer

Types of Computers

Desktop Computer

Hand-held Computer or Personal Digital Assistant  




Mainframe Computer


Self-destructing Computer


Embedded Computer

Convergence of Technologies

The 3Cs of Technological Convergence

Types of Technological Convergence

Cheat Sheet

Key Terms

Practice Questions

Chapter 2
Exploring Computer Components


Exploring Input Devices





Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR)

Light Pen

Bar Code Reader


Digital Camera

Web Camera

Introducing Central Processing Unit

Arithmetic Logic Unit

Control Unit

Exploring Output Devices





Exploring Memory

Primary Memory

Secondary Memory

Units of Memory

Portable Memory Devices

Pen/Thumb Drives — Flash Memories

Memory Stick

Cheat Sheet

Key Terms

Practice Questions

Chapter 3
Exploring Computer Software


Defining Categories of Software  

Understanding Software

Exploring System Software

The Language Processor

The Operating System (OS)

The Device Driver

The Utility Software

Exploring Application Software  

Understanding General Purpose Software

Understanding Specific Purpose Software  

Understanding Customized Software  

Exploring Programming Languages

Understanding First Generation Languages — 1GLs (Machine Languages)

Understanding Second Generation Languages — 2GLs (Assembly Languages)

Understanding Third Generation Languages — 3GLs (High-level Languages)

Understanding Fourth Generation Languages (4GLs)  

Cheat Sheet

Key Terms

Practice Questions

Chapter 4
Communication Technology


Network: The Meaning

Defining Computer Network

Need for Networking

Components of a Network

Networking Transmission Media

Defining Guided or Wired Media and its Types  (Ethernet Cable)

Defining Unguided or Wireless Media and its Types

Defining Modem

Exploring the Types of Network

Local Area Network (LAN)

Metropolitan Area Network (MAN)

Wide Area Network (WAN)

Introducing Internet

Exploring the Uses of Internet


Defining Data, Information and Multimedia

Cheat Sheet

Key Terms

Practice Questions

Chapter 5
Introducing Commonly Used Operating System


Defining Operating System

Need for an Operating System

Classification of Operating System

Functions of the Operating System

Processor Management

Memory Management

Device Management

File Management

Commonly Used Operating Systems

Introducing Boss Linux Operating System

Introducing the Desktop Environment

Exploring the Features of the GNU Linux Operating System

Explaining the Directory Structure of the Linux Operating System

Understanding the Concept of Files and Directories

Understanding the Concept of Path

Understanding the Standard Directory Structure of Linux


Elements of Boss Operating System

Elements of the Gnome Desktop

Exploring the Contents of a Computer

Starting and Closing Programs

Starting a Program

Closing a Program

Managing Files and Folders

Creating a Directory  

Finding Files and Folders

Opening Files and Folders  

Renaming Files and Folders

Moving or Copying a File or Folder

Deleting a File or Folder

Shutting Down the Computer

Cheat Sheet

Key Terms

Practice Questions

Windows Operating Systems

1. Windows 10 Operating System

The Start Menu


Multiple Desktop

Windows Store

Mail App

Microsoft Edge


Settings App

2. Windows 7 Operating System

Features of Windows 7

Starting and Closing Programs

Managing Files and Folders

Creating Shortcuts

Basic Windows Accessories  

Using the Clipboard  

Setting System Date and Time

Shutting Down the Computer  

Chapter 6
Word Processing Tool — OpenOffice Writer-I


Introducing Word Processor

Exploring Word Processor (OpenOffice Writer)

Opening OpenOffice Writer

Creating a Document

Saving a Document

Closing a Document

Exiting OpenOffice Writer

Exploring Word Processor Terminology


Word Wrapping

Non-Printing Characters


Font Type and Font Size

Text Attributes  

Text Alignment

Line Spacing

Page Orientation

Headers and Footers

Editing a Document

Selecting Text (Block Marking)

Copying and Pasting Selected Text

Moving the Selected Text

Deleting Selected Text

Inserting / Overtyping in Documents

Working with the Find & Replace Feature

Formatting the Document

Character Formatting

Paragraph Formatting  

Exploring Page Formatting

Numbering Pages

Format Painter

Inserting Symbols

Inserting Mathematical Symbols

Cheat Sheet

Key Terms

Practice Questions

Chapter 7
Word Processing Tool — OpenOffice Writer-II


Applying Bullets and Numbering to Text  

Applying Bullets

Applying Numbering to Text  

Formatting of Existing Lists

Working with Spell Check  

Activating the AutoSpellcheck Utility

Correcting Spelling Mistakes Manually  

Changing the Language If Spell Check Does Not Work

AutoCorrect and AutoFormat Feature

Working with Graphics

Drawing Objects


Adding Auto Shapes  

Inserting a Drawing  

Inserting a Line

Inserting an Arrow

Changing the Style or Colour of a Line

Inserting a Text Box

Changing the Fill Colour in a Drawing Object

Selecting Drawing Objects  

Grouping and Ungrouping Drawing Objects

Inserting Graphic Text Art

Inserting Pictures from File/Gallery

Working with a Table

Inserting a Table using the Insert Menu  

Inserting a Table Using the Table icon

Moving in a Table

Inserting a Row in a Table

Inserting a Column in a Table

Deleting a Row from a Table

Deleting a Column from a Table

Formatting a Table

Merging Cells of a Table

Splitting the Cells

Track Changes

Inserting Comments

Printing a Document  

Taking a Printout

Previewing a Document  

Getting Help in Writer

Getting Help by Using the OpenOffice Help Window  

Getting Help by Using Mouse Pointer  

Creating Superscript and Subscript

Defining Mail Merge  

Exploring the Components of Mail Merge  

Creating Data Source

Using Mail Merge  

Creating Labels  

Cheat Sheet

Key Terms

Practice Questions

Chapter 8
Spreadsheet Tool — OpenOffice Calc-I


Exploring the Calc

Defining Worksheet

Row Number and Column Heading

Explaining Cells

Current Cell

Range of Cells

Status Bar, Menus and Toolbars

Starting OpenOffice Calc

Working with Spreadsheet Program

Entering Data in a Worksheet

Editing Cell Data

Ways to Select a Range of Cells

Copying the Content in a Worksheet

Moving the Content in a Worksheet

Clearing/Deleting Content  

Providing Name to a Range  

Filling a Range  

Fill Handle

Entering Date/Time in a Cell

Changing Colour of Text

Deleting Cells

Exploring Commands for Workbook

Saving a Workbook  

Opening an Existing OpenOffice Calc Workbook

Clearing a Worksheet

Closing the Workbook and Quitting the OpenOffice Calc  

Working with Rows and Columns

Inserting Blank Cells

Inserting a Row

Inserting a Column

Deleting a Row

Deleting a Column

Exploring Formulas

Entering Formulas  

Using Operators and Functions within Formulas  

Cell Referencing in Worksheet

Using Some Important Functions

Using the SUM() Function

AVERAGE() Function

COUNT() Function

COUNTA() Function

MAX() Function

MAXA() Function

MIN() Function

Using the MINA() Function

Using the IF() Function  

Cheat Sheet

Key Terms

Practice Questions

Chapter 9
Spreadsheet Tool — OpenOffice Calc-II


Data Formatting

Working with Number Formatting

Working with Text Formatting

Exploring Charts

Types of Charts

Introducing Chart’s Components  

Creating a Chart

Printing Worksheet with Charts  

Inserting Tables in Worksheet

Cheat Sheet

Key Terms

Practice Questions

Chapter 10
Presentation Tool — OpenOffice Impress  


Presentation Graphics Software: OpenOffice Impress

Defining Presentation

Basic Elements of a Slide

Slide Components Used for Reference

Tips for Making a Good Presentation  

Creating a New Presentation

Creating an Empty Presentation

Creating Presentation Using Impress Templates

Explaining Views of a Slide

Saving a Presentation

Adding a New Slide

Editing and Formatting a Slide

Selecting New Design

Changing Background Colour and Shading

Changing Text Font, Typeface and Size

Understanding Slide Master

Adding Header and Footer Using the Slide Master

Adding Pre-defined Header or Footer Objects

Working in the Slide Sorter View

Selecting Slides

Printing Slide Handouts

Adding Illustrations to Slides

Inserting Picture in a Slide

Setting a Picture as a Watermark

Inserting Shapes in a Slide

Grouping and Ungrouping Objects in a Slide

Inserting Movie and Sound in a Slide

Creating Slide Shows

Adding Transitions to a Slide Show

Animating Text and Pictures

Adding Sound Effects and Setting Timings

Rehearsing Slide Timings

Viewing Slide Show

Cheat Sheet

Key Terms

Practice Questions

Chapter 11
IT Applications


Documentation in the OpenOffice Writer  

Project 1: Creating a Letter

Project 2: Creating a Report on the Free Health Check-up Camp  

Project 3: Creating a Greeting Card  

Project 4: Creating a Poster  

Project 5: Creating a Mail Merge

Presentation in OpenOffice Impress  

Project 6: Creating a Presentation on a School  

Project 7: Creating a Presentation on ‘Pollution and Global Warming’

Project 8: Creating a Presentation for the Advertisement of a Product  

Project 9: Creating a Presentation on ‘Force’

Project 10: Creating a Presentation on ‘Trends in Wireless Computing’  

Analysis Report in OpenOffice Calc

Project 11: Creating a Report on School/Class Result with Student-wise and Subject-wise Marks  

Project 12: Creating a Report on Cricket Records

Project 13: Creating a Report on Weather Forecasting

Practice Questions

Chapter 12
Societal Impacts of IT


Introducing ICT

Benefits of ICT in Education

Benefits of ICT in Health care

Benefits of ICT in Governance

Benefits of ICT in Business

Benefits of ICT in Design and Manufacturing

Exploring Ethical Issues


Individual’s Right to Privacy

Intellectual Property Rights

Accuracy, Security and Integrity of Information

Exploring Careers in the IT Domain

Cheat Sheet

Key Terms

Practice Questions

Sample Question Papers

NCO Question Bank

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