1. Identify the relational database model’s basic components.
The relational database model stores information in the form of
logically-related two-dimensional tables.
2. Explain the importance of documenting entity relationship diagrams.
An entity is a person, place, thing, transaction, or event about which
information is stored. A customer is an entity, as is a merchandise item.
Entities are not necessarily tangible, such as an appointment to see the doctor
is an entity. Attributes are characteristics or properties of an entity. For
example, a CUSTOMER entity can be described by have attributes such as a
Customer Number, First Name, Last Name, Street, City, State, Zip Code, Phone
Number, Credit Card No, and Credit Card Exp.
3. Explain the need for an entity-relationship diagram in a database
An entity-relationship diagram (ERD) is a technique for documenting the
entities and relationships between entities in a database environment.
The Chen model uses rectangles to represent entities, diamonds for
relationships, and lines with arrows to show the type of relationship between
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