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:What are expansion slots used for?  Name two types of cards that could go in an expansion slot.
Question 2:Explain what a compiler does and who would use one?
Question 3:What new technology allowed for the miniaturization of computers in the 1970's ?  What generation of computers is this called?
Question 4:How has Information Technology effected the current economy of the USA?
Question 5:What are the advantages and disadvantages of telecommuting.
Question 6:Why can't software written for a Macintosh computer run on a Windows OS machine?
Question 7:Why are point and draw devices necessary for today's computer systems?  What software changes required the addition of these devices?
Question 8:Besides magnetic storage disks and optical disks, describe one other type of secondary storage device.
Question 9:Compare and contrast the CISC chip and the RISC chip.
Question 10:Explain what influence word size has on processing time.
Question 11:Why does the operating system need to be loaded into a computer's memory prior to running any applications software programs?
Question 12:Describe four tasks performed by an operating system.
Question 13:What is the relationship between a computer program and an algorithm?
Question 14:How does cache memory speed up processing time?
Question 15:What is the difference between a sequential access device and a random access device?  Give an example of each.
Question 16:Describe three of the four kinds of tasks that as computer system can perform.
Question 17:Describe each of the following types of memory; ROM, RAM, and CMOS.
Question 18:How did the development of the GUI effect the popularity of home computing?
Question 19:Describe four items that can be found on a motherboard.
Question 20:What is the difference between operating system software and applications software?  Give two examples of each.

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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