Homework 1, Chapter 1.

Short Description:

Terms and Ideas from Chapter 1.


When you finish this homework, you should have:

Formal Description

Please start a word document and answer/respond to the following.
  1. Define the following terms:
    1. Computer
    2. Abstraction
  2. What devices, other than a laptop, desktop or table computer, do you own which could be considered a computer? Describe these and discuss how they meet the definition of computer.
  3. Describe a college degree at three different levels of abstraction. Provide sufficient details to support your claim that this is a unique level of abstraction by discussing important details included and details that are not included in the abstraction.
  4. Name, and briefly describe the technology involved with each generation of computing.
  5. Read this article about bad technology predictions.
    1. Given that Thomas Watson, Ken Olsen and Bill Gates were industry leaders, do you find their predictions amazing? Explain your answer.
    2. What do these predictions say about how computers have changed, or how our culture has changed, in less than a century?
    3. I don't know the accuracy of this information but it is interesting. How does this relate to the predictions of Watson and Olsen.

Required Files

A single word document containing the answers to the questions and prompts. Please use word format, other formats will receive a reduction in points.


Submit the assignment to the D2L folder Homework 1 by the due date.