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 three types of data that can be found represented with binary digits.
Question 2:Why are point and draw devices necessary for today's computer systems?  What software changes required the addition of these devices?
Question 3:Compare and contrast primary storage and secondary storage.
Question 4:Describe either USB or firewire.
Question 5:What is a software suite and what the advantage to using one?
Question 6:What is the difference between operating system software and applications software?  Give two examples of each.
Question 7:What is the relationship between a computer program and an algorithm?
Question 8:What is distance learning?  Give an example.
Question 9:Name and briefly describe two factors in determining processor speed.
Question 10:Compare and contrast the CISC chip and the RISC chip.
Question 11:What is the difference between a sequential access device and a random access device?  Give an example of each.
Question 12:What are expansion slots used for?  Name two types of cards that could go in an expansion slot.
Question 13:How does cache memory speed up processing time?
Question 14:Why can't software written for a Macintosh computer run on a Windows OS machine?
Question 15:What is an algorithm?
Question 16:Describe the three parts of an operating system.
Question 17:What is CAI and how does it effect education?
Question 18:What is an automated factory and why is it more effective than a traditional factory?
Question 19:Compare and contrast a magnetic storage disk and an optical storage disk; give an example of each.
Question 20:What new technology allowed for the miniaturization of computers in the 1970's ?  What generation of computers is this called?

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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