CS 107

Spring Semester 2005

Section 52

Midterm Exam

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  1. Open MS Word
  2. Select the questions and the extra credit questions below and cut and paste into the Word document
  3. Add a header with your name, "Midterm Exam", and the date
  4. Save the document
  5. Answer each question within the Word document immediately following each question
  6. Spell check the exam
  7. Printout a copy of the exam and turn it in.

Each question is worth 5 points. Partial credit will be given for partially correct answers.

Question 1:Explain what a compiler does and who would use one?
Question 2:How has Information Technology effected the current economy of the USA?
Question 3:What is the difference between a sequential access device and a random access device?  Give an example of each.
Question 4:Describe either USB or firewire.
Question 5:What are the two main catagories of computer monitors and how does each display output?
Question 6:What new technology allowed for the miniaturization of computers in the 1970's ?  What generation of computers is this called?
Question 7:Compare and contrast a magnetic storage disk and an optical storage disk; give an example of each.
Question 8:Describe four items that can be found on a motherboard.
Question 9:Besides magnetic storage disks and optical disks, describe one other type of secondary storage device.
Question 10:What was the name of the first commercially available computer and who were its creators?  What did this computer's name stand for?
Question 11:What is an automated factory and why is it more effective than a traditional factory?
Question 12:What is the difference between operating system software and applications software?  Give two examples of each.
Question 13:Describe three different types of input devices; how does each device receive the input?
Question 14:Who was Herman Hollerinth and what was his contribution to computer technology?
Question 15:How did the development of the GUI effect the popularity of home computing?
Question 16:How does cache memory speed up processing time?
Question 17:What is CAI and how does it effect education?
Question 18:What are expansion slots used for?  Name two types of cards that could go in an expansion slot.
Question 19:What is an algorithm?
Question 20:What is distance learning?  Give an example.

Extra Credit Questions

5 points each

  1. What is the name of the author of Computer Confluence?
  2. What well-known TV personality does the author resemble?

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