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:Both the Mark I and the ENIAC were developed due to what significant historical event?  Why were these inventions necessary?
Question 2:Describe four items that can be found on a motherboard.
Question 3:Why are point and draw devices necessary for today's computer systems?  What software changes required the addition of these devices?
Question 4:How has Information Technology effected the current economy of the USA?
Question 5:Describe four tasks performed by an operating system.
Question 6:Compare and contrast primary storage and secondary storage.
Question 7:What is CAI and how does it effect education?
Question 8:What are the three types of data that can be found represented with binary digits.
Question 9:Why can't software written for a Macintosh computer run on a Windows OS machine?
Question 10:Describe either USB or firewire.
Question 11:Describe the three parts of an operating system.
Question 12:What are expansion slots used for?  Name two types of cards that could go in an expansion slot.
Question 13:What is distance learning?  Give an example.
Question 14:Explain what a compiler does and who would use one?
Question 15:What is the difference between a sequential access device and a random access device?  Give an example of each.
Question 16:What is Moore's Law and how does it effect today's computer technology?
Question 17:What is an algorithm?
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:What new technology allowed for the miniaturization of computers in the 1970's ?  What generation of computers is this called?
Question 20:Describe three of the four kinds of tasks that as computer system can perform.

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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