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:Compare and contrast primary storage and secondary storage.
Question 2:What is CAI and how does it effect education?
Question 3:What kind of computer applications require a Supercomputer?  Give two examples.
Question 4:Both the Mark I and the ENIAC were developed due to what significant historical event?  Why were these inventions necessary?
Question 5:Describe either USB or firewire.
Question 6:What is a software suite and what the advantage to using one?
Question 7:How does cache memory speed up processing time?
Question 8:Describe four items that can be found on a motherboard.
Question 9:What is an algorithm?
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:Describe each of the following types of memory; ROM, RAM, and CMOS.
Question 13:What are the three types of data that can be found represented with binary digits.
Question 14:Who was Herman Hollerinth and what was his contribution to computer technology?
Question 15:Besides magnetic storage disks and optical disks, describe one other type of secondary storage device.
Question 16:Name and briefly describe two factors in determining processor speed.
Question 17:Compare and contrast a magnetic storage disk and an optical storage disk; give an example of each.
Question 18:How did the development of the GUI effect the popularity of home computing?
Question 19:What do each of the following parts of the CPU do; the decode unit, the ALU, and the registers? 
Question 20:What are the advantages and disadvantages of telecommuting.

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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