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 the advantages and disadvantages of telecommuting.
Question 2:What is the relationship between a computer program and an algorithm?
Question 3:Explain what influence word size has on processing time.
Question 4:Why can't software written for a Macintosh computer run on a Windows OS machine?
Question 5:Explain what a compiler does and who would use one?
Question 6:What are the two main catagories of computer monitors and how does each display output?
Question 7:What is an algorithm?
Question 8:Besides magnetic storage disks and optical disks, describe one other type of secondary storage device.
Question 9:How has Information Technology effected the current economy of the USA?
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 CAI and how does it effect education?
Question 12:Describe three of the four kinds of tasks that as computer system can perform.
Question 13:Why are point and draw devices necessary for today's computer systems?  What software changes required the addition of these devices?
Question 14:What are expansion slots used for?  Name two types of cards that could go in an expansion slot.
Question 15:Both the Mark I and the ENIAC were developed due to what significant historical event?  Why were these inventions necessary?
Question 16:What new technology allowed for the miniaturization of computers in the 1970's ?  What generation of computers is this called?
Question 17:Describe the three parts of an operating system.
Question 18:Compare and contrast the CISC chip and the RISC chip.
Question 19:What do each of the following parts of the CPU do; the decode unit, the ALU, and the registers? 
Question 20:Name and briefly describe two factors in determining processor speed.

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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