IACT 201 sample questions-R1

IACT 201 sample questions-R1 - UOW IACT 201 SIM...

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UOW IACT 201 –SIM Multiple-choice Questions For each of the following questions, choose the letter of the one best response. 1. The two principal catalysts for the Information Age have been a) books and pamphlets. b) computers and communication networks. c) movie theaters and public parks. d) newspapers and magazines. e) radio and television. 2. Which statement best supports the conclusion that society can control whether to adopt a new technology? a) No new nuclear power plants have been ordered in the United States since the accident at Three Mile Island. b) About half of all email messages are spam. c) Despite decades of research, fusion power is an elusive goal. d) People do not have to listen to Rush Limbaugh if they do not want to. e) Some new technologies are simply too expensive to even consider adopting. 3. The mechanical adding machines of Pascal and Leibniz were not widely adopted because a) they were too expensive. b) there were unreliable. c) they were too difficult to program. d) they could not handle fractions. e) bookkeepers successfully lobbied the King, and he made the machines illegal. 4. Charles Babbage produced a machine that could compute polynomials using a) trigonometry. b) the motion of the sun. c) table lookup. d) the method of differences. e) electric motors. 5. George Boole invented boolean algebra, an algebraic system that manipulates a) two values: true and false (or 0 and 1). b) integer values. c) alphabetic symbols. d) real numbers. e) complex numbers. 6. Who demonstrated how switching circuits could be used to perform logical functions? a) Georg and Edvard Scheutz b) Giuseppe Verde and Marco Antonio c) Howard Smith and Simon Howard d) John Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert e) Claude Shannon and George Stibitz
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7. The Atanasoff-Berry Computer is significant because a) it was the first computer built with vacuum tubes. b) it introduced the use of punched cards. c) it was the first computer to be programmed in FORTRAN. d) it helped the United States win World War II. e) it made Atanasoff and Berry famous, even though it was never actually built. 8. The ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Calculator) was built at the University of Pennsylvania’s Moore School because a) Dean Moore wanted to compute large prime numbers. b) conservatives in the the U.S. government wanted to prove the “big bang” theory was false. c) IBM needed a tax write-off. d) the U.S. Army needed help computing artillery tables during World War II. e) All of the above. 9. Engineers at the University of Manchester in England built the Small-Scale Experimental Machine in order to a) speed the development of new aircraft in World War II. b) test the capabilities of their CRT memory device. c)
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2012 for the course IACT 201 taught by Professor Rodgers during the Three '12 term at University of Wollongong, Australia.

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