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Etymology/History

1

The first English-language usage of the word "computer" referred to

a person
an abacus
counting rods
Roman numerals
First general-purpose computing device

2

Babbage's account of the origin of the difference engine in the 1820s was that he was working to satisfy the Astronomical Society's desire to improve The Nautical Almanac.

true
false

3

Babbage's account of the origin of the difference engine in the 1820s was that he was working to satisfy the Astronomical Society's desire to predict lunar eclipses

true
false

4

Babbage's use of punch cards in the 1930s to solve a problem posed by the Astronomical Society was later adopted to the Jacquard loom.

true
false

5

Babbage's use of punch cards in the 1930s to solve a problem posed by the Astronomical Society was preceded by such use on the Jacquard loom.

true
false
Early analog computers

6

A system that uses levers, pulleys, or other mechanical device to perform calculations is called an analog computer

true
false

7

A system that uses tables of numbers is called an analog computer

true
false

8

Analog computers were phased out by the dawn of the twentieth century (circa 1900)

true
false

9

Analog computers continued to be developed into the twentieth century

true
false
The modern computer age begins

10

The Turing machine permitted a solution to the halting problem

true
false

11

The Turing machine could not have been invented until after the halting problem was solved.

true
false

12

The Turing machine was a(n) ______ device

conceptual
prototype
analog
electromechanical
digital

13

This algorithm halts if it starts at 0:

  • Add 3
  • If the number is divisible by 10, divide by 10
  • Stop if the number exceeds 100
  • Go to top

true
false

14

This algorithm halts if it starts at 0:

  • Add 3
  • If the number is divisible by 10, add 10
  • Stop if the number exceeds 100
  • Go to top

true
false

15

In London (circa 1935) thousands of vacuum tubes were used to

control a telephone exchange
calculate the value of π
control a textile mill
count votes in an election

16

The Bombe was a(n) ______________ device used (circa 1940) to defeat the Enigma machine in World War II.

electromechanical
mechanical
electric digital programmable
Turing-complete

17

The Colossus, used to defeat the German Enigma machine during World War II in 1944, was

electromechanical
mechanical
electric digital programmable
Turing-complete

18

The chronological order by which electronic computers advanced is:

tubes, transistors, and then integrated circuits
tubes, integrated circuits and then transistors
integrated circuits, tubes, and then transistors
transistors, integrated circuits, and then tubes