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CEE 3804: Computer Applications in Civil Engineering Spring 2011 Assignment 1: Computers Date Due: January 27, 2011 Instructor: Trani Problem 1 Read the following article in Wikipedia ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Computer ) and answer the following questions a) Individual that provided the formal definition of the concept of an algorithm. b) One of the first general-purpose computers. It was developed to calculate artillery firing tables for the Army’s Ballistic Research Laboratory. c) In your own words, define what is machine code. d) In a couple of sentences define what is a high-level programming language. Name five common high-level languages. e) Establish the differences between multitasking and multiprocessing. f) What is ARPANET? Problem 2 For your own personal computer find the following: a) Number and model of CPU processor used b) CPU clock speed
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Unformatted text preview: c) Computer memory size d) Graphics processing unit (GPU) e) Name and version of the operating system used Problem 3 a) An algorithm is a series of steps to solve a problem. Describe in a couple of paragraphs the most demanding algorithm that you have developed using Excel, engineering tool (like Matlab or Mathematica) or any programming language. b) Back in 1990 I bought a 105 Megabyte hard drive from Seagate for $1,240 (1990 dollars) for my first Mac II computer. Compare the cost per megabyte of storage back then and today. Search prices of typical hard drives in the Internet to help you figure out the cost per megabyte of storage today. Consider inflation in your answer. Use the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculator located at: http://www.bls.gov/data/inflation_calculator.htm. CEE 3804 Trani Page 1 of 1...
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