Spring Semester 2005
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Each question is worth 5 points. Partial credit will be given for partially correct answers.
Question 1:Why are point and draw devices necessary for today's computer systems? What software changes required the addition of these devices? Question 2:What is an automated factory and why is it more effective than a traditional factory? Question 3:Explain what influence word size has on processing time. Question 4:Compare and contrast a magnetic storage disk and an optical storage disk; give an example of each. Question 5:What new technology allowed for the miniaturization of computers in the 1970's ? What generation of computers is this called? Question 6:Besides magnetic storage disks and optical disks, describe one other type of secondary storage device. Question 7:Both the Mark I and the ENIAC were developed due to what significant historical event? Why were these inventions necessary? Question 8:What are expansion slots used for? Name two types of cards that could go in an expansion slot. Question 9:What was the name of the first commercially available computer and who were its creators? What did this computer's name stand for? Question 10:What is the difference between a sequential access device and a random access device? Give an example of each. Question 11:What is deskilling and what is upskilling? Give an example of each. Question 12:What are the three types of data that can be found represented with binary digits. Question 13:Describe three of the four kinds of tasks that as computer system can perform. Question 14:What is Moore's Law and how does it effect today's computer technology? Question 15:Explain what a compiler does and who would use one? Question 16:How does cache memory speed up processing time? Question 17:What is distance learning? Give an example. Question 18:What is CAI and how does it effect education? Question 19:How did the development of the GUI effect the popularity of home computing? Question 20:Compare and contrast the CISC chip and the RISC chip.
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