Spring Semester 2005
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Each question is worth 5 points. Partial credit will be given for partially correct answers.
Question 1:Why are point and draw devices necessary for today's computer systems? What software changes required the addition of these devices? Question 2:Explain what a compiler does and who would use one? Question 3:What are the two main catagories of computer monitors and how does each display output? Question 4:What is a software suite and what the advantage to using one? Question 5:What do each of the following parts of the CPU do; the decode unit, the ALU, and the registers? Question 6:What kind of computer applications require a Supercomputer? Give two examples. Question 7:Describe three of the four kinds of tasks that as computer system can perform. Question 8:Compare and contrast a magnetic storage disk and an optical storage disk; give an example of each. Question 9:Name and briefly describe two factors in determining processor speed. Question 10:How did the development of the GUI effect the popularity of home computing? Question 11:Describe the three parts of an operating system. Question 12:What is CAI and how does it effect education? Question 13:What is the difference between a sequential access device and a random access device? Give an example of each. Question 14:Why does the operating system need to be loaded into a computer's memory prior to running any applications software programs? Question 15:Describe four tasks performed by an operating system. Question 16:What is the relationship between a computer program and an algorithm? Question 17:Besides magnetic storage disks and optical disks, describe one other type of secondary storage device. Question 18:What is an algorithm? Question 19:Describe three different types of input devices; how does each device receive the input? Question 20:Explain what influence word size has on processing time.
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