CS 190 Computer Science Design Project

Winter 2001 A. Klinger




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Record answers on the separate page: choose for each question one of {a, b, c, ..., j, k, l, m}. Use a value different from a, b, or c to show probability belief, as where f says pa = 3/4, pb = 0, and pc =1/4). Refer to the figure. Indicating certainty, or near certainty about the truth of a particular answer, if wrong, could cause a large loss of points. Refer to Figure 1, the following triangle.



1. Individuals with strong communication skills

  1. Are viewed with suspicion by most programmers.
  2. Can advance more rapidly in careers.
  3. Need to exercise great care in trying out initial ideas.


2. Both great and ordinary individuals usually share

  1. Financial rewards and other opportunities that life offers.
  2. Friends.
  3. Fear of public speaking.


3. A university faculty possesses

  1. Good time sense.
  2. Exactly the same values and beliefs.
  3. More or less all the same skills.


4. Effective computer design

  1. Could take place without discussion.
  2. Neither a. nor c.
  3. Requires exposure, revision and refinement.

5. Oxygen

  1. Combines with carbon to form water.
  2. Keeps MIT from being buried in snow.
  3. Is a large research project at MIT.

6. These things improve a presentation:

  1. Biographical material about the speaker and historical overview of the subject.
  2. Brief identification at the beginning and asking for comments or questions at end.
  3. Immediately getting into the technical details or content.


7. The proportions of "Latino," "white," and "black" adults graduated from high school are:

  1. "Latino": 57%; "white": 95.5%; "black": 73%.
  2. "Latino": 63%; "white": 91.5%; "black": 83%.
  3. "Latino": 83%; "white": 85.5%; "black": 77%.


8. A lecture is made or marred in the first:

  1. 5 minutes.
  2. 10 minutes
  3. 20 minutes.


9. The best way to answer a direct question when you don't know the answer is:

  1. Guess.
  2. Ride your best hunch.
  3. "I don't know".


10. Brief quotes by which three individuals appear near 3531-H Boelter Hall?

  1. Fourier, Newton, and Euler.
  2. Voltaire, Tostoy, and Cezanne.
  3. Einstein, Emerson, and Shakespeare.

11. Requirements and specifications:

  1. Both focus on users' needs.
  2. Differ but both are general.
  3. Differ but one is quantitative.

12. A project description statement should:

a. Contain figures.

b. Include references.

c. Be understandable by a general reader.

13. Mouse, outliners, and computer-based presentation tools:

a. Came out of Stanford University.

b. Originated at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center.

c. Are inventions of D. Englebart and associates at Stanford Research Institute.


14. Presentations are:

a. Unusual; they rarely take place in technical work.

b. An ordinary and necessary means for people to learn about work details.

c. A method of working together that has been superseded by electronic mail.

15. Jini is:

a. A network technology, an infrastructure for delivering services, characterized by independence of hardware/software implementations.

b. A program capable of locating requested information stored in a three-level tree.

c. A new web search engine.

16. Reading articles in any of these magazines could help with CS 190 goals and objectives:

a. Red Herring, The Economist, Fortune, Rolling Stone, IEEE Spectrum.

b. People, Cosmopolitan, National Geographic, TV Guide.

c. Neither a. nor b.

17. The digital divide:

    1. Refers to differences between the arithmetic and control units.
    2. Has to do with varied adoption of technology within the citizenry of a country.
    3. Involves the difference between hardware and software.

18. Ordinary activities described in words such as halving eleven and adding a half to a third:

    1. May not be completely described that way.
    2. Have unique answers..
    3. Neither a. nor b.

19. Describing p-approximations by numeric answers could:

    1. Simply require percentage calculations.
    2. Be presented in an easily understood manner by words alone.
    3. Neither a. nor b.

20. For the figure below, which holds?

    1. The indicated puzzle is similar to apples/baskets in the web site.
    2. There is no solution to the puzzle below.
    3. There is only one solution to the puzzle below.


Figure by James L. Adams. Reproduced from:

Adams, James L., Conceptual Blockbusting, A Guide To Better Ideas,

San Francisco, CA: W.H. Freeman and Company, 1974, p.16.