Computer Basics

Please click on the 'Lab Manual' for detailed instructions.


Exercise 1

Answer the following questions in a Word document.

1.) What are the hotkeys to select all, copy, and paste (PC or Mac, please specify)?

2.) What is the hotkey to quickly switch between windows (PC or Mac)?

3.) In what manner are files and folders organized on a computer?

4.) What is the "directory" you are saving this word document in?

5.) What are some common file extensions for images?

6.) What are three common web browsers that people use?

7.) What is the hotkey to quickly search for a key word supported by most web browsers?

8.) What is an easy way to look up or find information with the use of a computer with internet?

9.) What is the purpose of "Device Drivers" on a computer?

10.) How would you go about installing "Device Drivers" if it does not install automatically?

11.) What are three "essential" computer peripherals in order to operate the computer?

12.) What are the two main different peripherals and what makes them different?

13.) What should be the first thing you check if your monitor turns black and why?

14.) What are the essential hardware components that make up a computer?

*EXTRA CREDIT* 15.) What purpose does each hardware component serve?


Save the Word document as 'hw2.docx' in the 'Word Document' format (it should be default). Send hw2.docx as an email attachment to your TA.

In the subject line for your email, include the assignment number, your name and the last 3 digits of your RunnerID in this form:

Homework 2, 123, Samantha Spade

(Replace Samantha Spade with your name and 123 with the last three digits of your student ID). The subject line must be exactly in this format (including capital letters and commas) in order for my grading script to download your assignment correctly, so please follow these instructions carefully.

Errors in your homework grade must be worked out with your TA within one week of grades being posted. You will be asked to show the assignment in the sent email box with the attachment to the TA as proof that you submitted your work on time.

Remove your USB drive and take the drive with you when you leave. This should be the last action when you leave the lab every time. The lab computers are wiped clean every night and all data stored on them is deleted. USB drives left plugged into the computer usually find a new owner.