# Fundamental and compound operations

## Fundamental operations of a computer[edit]

The most basic instructions a computer can be given are:

- ADD
- COMPARE
- LOAD
- STORE

## Compound operations[edit]

Compound operations are composed of very large numbers of fundamental operations. Compound operations are more complex than fundamental operations. For example, if we wanted to multiply, we would simply add groups of numbers until we had found our solution.

### Examples[edit]

- Finding the largest number
- Sorting a number

## Standards[edit]

- State the fundamental operations of a computer.
- Distinguish between fundamental and compound operations of a computer.