Spring Semester 2005
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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.
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