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:Compare and contrast the CISC chip and the RISC chip.
Question 2:What are expansion slots used for?  Name two types of cards that could go in an expansion slot.
Question 3:What is the difference between a sequential access device and a random access device?  Give an example of each.
Question 4:What is the relationship between a computer program and an algorithm?
Question 5:Describe four items that can be found on a motherboard.
Question 6:Describe either USB or firewire.
Question 7:What is distance learning?  Give an example.
Question 8:Why are point and draw devices necessary for today's computer systems?  What software changes required the addition of these devices?
Question 9:What kind of computer applications require a Supercomputer?  Give two examples.
Question 10:What are the three types of data that can be found represented with binary digits.
Question 11:What is an algorithm?
Question 12:What was the name of the first commercially available computer and who were its creators?  What did this computer's name stand for?
Question 13:What new technology allowed for the miniaturization of computers in the 1970's ?  What generation of computers is this called?
Question 14:Describe each of the following types of memory; ROM, RAM, and CMOS.
Question 15:Why can't software written for a Macintosh computer run on a Windows OS machine?
Question 16:What is a software suite and what the advantage to using one?
Question 17:What do each of the following parts of the CPU do; the decode unit, the ALU, and the registers? 
Question 18:How did the development of the GUI effect the popularity of home computing?
Question 19:What are the advantages and disadvantages of telecommuting.
Question 20:What is the difference between operating system software and applications software?  Give two examples 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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