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:Explain what a compiler does and who would use one?
Question 2:How has Information Technology effected the current economy of the USA?
Question 3:Besides magnetic storage disks and optical disks, describe one other type of secondary storage device.
Question 4:What kind of computer applications require a Supercomputer?  Give two examples.
Question 5:Why are point and draw devices necessary for today's computer systems?  What software changes required the addition of these devices?
Question 6:Describe three of the four kinds of tasks that as computer system can perform.
Question 7:Why does the operating system need to be loaded into a computer's memory prior to running any applications software programs?
Question 8:Describe either USB or firewire.
Question 9:What is the difference between operating system software and applications software?  Give two examples of each.
Question 10:Compare and contrast the CISC chip and the RISC chip.
Question 11:What are the two main catagories of computer monitors and how does each display output?
Question 12:What is deskilling and what is upskilling?  Give an example of each.
Question 13:What new technology allowed for the miniaturization of computers in the 1970's ?  What generation of computers is this called?
Question 14:What is Moore's Law and how does it effect today's computer technology?
Question 15:What is the relationship between a computer program and an algorithm?
Question 16:Explain what influence word size has on processing time.
Question 17:What is the difference between a sequential access device and a random access device?  Give an example of each.
Question 18:Why can't software written for a Macintosh computer run on a Windows OS machine?
Question 19:What is CAI and how does it effect education?
Question 20:What is an automated factory and why is it more effective than a traditional factory?

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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