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 new technology allowed for the miniaturization of computers in the 1970's ?  What generation of computers is this called?
Question 2:What is the difference between operating system software and applications software?  Give two examples of each.
Question 3:Describe each of the following types of memory; ROM, RAM, and CMOS.
Question 4:What is a software suite and what the advantage to using one?
Question 5:Compare and contrast the CISC chip and the RISC chip.
Question 6:How has Information Technology effected the current economy of the USA?
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 is distance learning?  Give an example.
Question 9:Besides magnetic storage disks and optical disks, describe one other type of secondary storage device.
Question 10:What is an automated factory and why is it more effective than a traditional factory?
Question 11:Describe the three parts of an operating system.
Question 12:Name and briefly describe two factors in determining processor speed.
Question 13:What is Moore's Law and how does it effect today's computer technology?
Question 14:Describe either USB or firewire.
Question 15:Why does the operating system need to be loaded into a computer's memory prior to running any applications software programs?
Question 16:What are the two main catagories of computer monitors and how does each display output?
Question 17:Describe four tasks performed by an operating system.
Question 18:What is the relationship between a computer program and an algorithm?
Question 19:Explain what a compiler does and who would use one?
Question 20:Compare and contrast primary storage and secondary storage.

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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