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1.13: Introduction (Exercises)

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  • Exercise 1: What is the function of the secondary memory in a computer?

    a) Execute all of the computation and logic of the program
    b) Retrieve web pages over the Internet
    c) Store information for the long term, even beyond a power cycle
    d) Take input from the user

    Exercise 2: What is a program?

    Exercise 3: What is the difference between a compiler and an interpreter?

    Exercise 4: Which of the following contains "machine code"?

    a) The Python interpreter
    b) The keyboard
    c) Python source file
    d) A word processing document

    Exercise 5: What is wrong with the following code:

        >>> primt 'Hello world!'
          File "<stdin>", line 1
            primt 'Hello world!'
        SyntaxError: invalid syntax

    Exercise 6: Where in the computer is a variable such as "x" stored after the following Python line finishes?

        x = 123

    a) Central processing unit
    b) Main Memory
    c) Secondary Memory
    d) Input Devices
    e) Output Devices

    Exercise 7: What will the following program print out:

        x = 43
        x = x + 1

    a) 43
    b) 44
    c) x + 1
    d) Error because x = x + 1 is not possible mathematically

    Exercise 8: Explain each of the following using an example of a human capability: (1) Central processing unit, (2) Main Memory, (3) Secondary Memory, (4) Input Device, and (5) Output Device. For example, "What is the human equivalent to a Central Processing Unit"?

    Exercise 9: How do you fix a "Syntax Error"?

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