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:Describe three different types of input devices; how does each device receive the input?
Question 3:How did the development of the GUI effect the popularity of home computing?
Question 4:Compare and contrast the CISC chip and the RISC chip.
Question 5:What new technology allowed for the miniaturization of computers in the 1970's ?  What generation of computers is this called?
Question 6:Describe three of the four kinds of tasks that as computer system can perform.
Question 7:What is the relationship between a computer program and an algorithm?
Question 8:What is CAI and how does it effect education?
Question 9:What are expansion slots used for?  Name two types of cards that could go in an expansion slot.
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:Describe four items that can be found on a motherboard.
Question 12:Compare and contrast a magnetic storage disk and an optical storage disk; give an example of each.
Question 13:What is a software suite and what the advantage to using one?
Question 14:What are the three types of data that can be found represented with binary digits.
Question 15:Describe four tasks performed by an operating system.
Question 16:What is an algorithm?
Question 17:Why are point and draw devices necessary for today's computer systems?  What software changes required the addition of these devices?
Question 18:Why does the operating system need to be loaded into a computer's memory prior to running any applications software programs?
Question 19:Why can't software written for a Macintosh computer run on a Windows OS machine?
Question 20:How has Information Technology effected the current economy of the USA?

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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