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 kind of computer applications require a Supercomputer?  Give two examples.
Question 2:What was the name of the first commercially available computer and who were its creators?  What did this computer's name stand for?
Question 3:How did the development of the GUI effect the popularity of home computing?
Question 4:What are expansion slots used for?  Name two types of cards that could go in an expansion slot.
Question 5:Why can't software written for a Macintosh computer run on a Windows OS machine?
Question 6:What is Moore's Law and how does it effect today's computer technology?
Question 7:What do each of the following parts of the CPU do; the decode unit, the ALU, and the registers? 
Question 8:Compare and contrast a magnetic storage disk and an optical storage disk; give an example of each.
Question 9:What is distance learning?  Give an example.
Question 10:Explain what a compiler does and who would use one?
Question 11:Describe the three parts of an operating system.
Question 12:What are the three types of data that can be found represented with binary digits.
Question 13:Both the Mark I and the ENIAC were developed due to what significant historical event?  Why were these inventions necessary?
Question 14:What is a software suite and what the advantage to using one?
Question 15:What is CAI and how does it effect education?
Question 16:What is an automated factory and why is it more effective than a traditional factory?
Question 17:Describe four items that can be found on a motherboard.
Question 18:How has Information Technology effected the current economy of the USA?
Question 19:Name and briefly describe two factors in determining processor speed.
Question 20:Describe four tasks performed by an operating system.

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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