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 kind of computer applications require a Supercomputer?  Give two examples.
Question 2:What are expansion slots used for?  Name two types of cards that could go in an expansion slot.
Question 3:Describe three different types of input devices; how does each device receive the input?
Question 4:Compare and contrast primary storage and secondary storage.
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:What is CAI and how does it effect education?
Question 7:Describe four items that can be found on a motherboard.
Question 8:What is the difference between a sequential access device and a random access device?  Give an example of each.
Question 9:Describe three of the four kinds of tasks that as computer system can perform.
Question 10:Why does the operating system need to be loaded into a computer's memory prior to running any applications software programs?
Question 11:Explain what influence word size has on processing time.
Question 12:How did the development of the GUI effect the popularity of home computing?
Question 13:What are the two main catagories of computer monitors and how does each display output?
Question 14:How does cache memory speed up processing time?
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:What are the three types of data that can be found represented with binary digits.
Question 18:What was the name of the first commercially available computer and who were its creators?  What did this computer's name stand for?
Question 19:Describe each of the following types of memory; ROM, RAM, and CMOS.
Question 20:What is deskilling and what is upskilling?  Give an example of each.

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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