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:Describe either USB or firewire.
Question 2:How does cache memory speed up processing time?
Question 3:Describe the three parts of an operating system.
Question 4:How has Information Technology effected the current economy of the USA?
Question 5:Explain what a compiler does and who would use one?
Question 6:Besides magnetic storage disks and optical disks, describe one other type of secondary storage device.
Question 7:What are the three types of data that can be found represented with binary digits.
Question 8:What are expansion slots used for?  Name two types of cards that could go in an expansion slot.
Question 9:What is CAI and how does it effect education?
Question 10:What is the difference between a sequential access device and a random access device?  Give an example of each.
Question 11:Describe each of the following types of memory; ROM, RAM, and CMOS.
Question 12:What is Moore's Law and how does it effect today's computer technology?
Question 13:What was the name of the first commercially available computer and who were its creators?  What did this computer's name stand for?
Question 14:Describe three different types of input devices; how does each device receive the input?
Question 15:Who was Herman Hollerinth and what was his contribution to computer technology?
Question 16:What is an algorithm?
Question 17:What are the two main catagories of computer monitors and how does each display output?
Question 18:What is an automated factory and why is it more effective than a traditional factory?
Question 19:Why does the operating system need to be loaded into a computer's memory prior to running any applications software programs?
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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