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 is the relationship between a computer program and an algorithm?
Question 2:Name and briefly describe two factors in determining processor speed.
Question 3:Describe the three parts of an operating system.
Question 4:Compare and contrast the CISC chip and the RISC chip.
Question 5:Describe four tasks performed by an operating system.
Question 6:How does cache memory speed up processing time?
Question 7:What kind of computer applications require a Supercomputer?  Give two examples.
Question 8:Why can't software written for a Macintosh computer run on a Windows OS machine?
Question 9:Besides magnetic storage disks and optical disks, describe one other type of secondary storage device.
Question 10:What is an algorithm?
Question 11:How did the development of the GUI effect the popularity of home computing?
Question 12:How has Information Technology effected the current economy of the USA?
Question 13:What is CAI and how does it effect education?
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:Explain what a compiler does and who would use one?
Question 16:What is an automated factory and why is it more effective than a traditional factory?
Question 17:Compare and contrast primary storage and secondary storage.
Question 18:Compare and contrast a magnetic storage disk and an optical storage disk; give an example of each.
Question 19:Describe four items that can be found on a motherboard.
Question 20:Describe either USB or firewire.

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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