Searching for information

This week you will be using your choice of search engine to look up the following information. The purpose of this weeks homework is to illustrate that we live in an age of abundant information that is readily available to us through the internet. Information is everywhere, but knowledge is scarce. Answer the following questions and submit them in a text file.


  1. What is an operating system and give 3 examples?
  2. In relation to computers what is hardware and what is software?
  3. In Excel what is an "Absolute Cell Reference" and what is it preceded by?
  4. What is an app or application in relation to computers?
  5. What is a flash drive or USB drive and what is used for?
  6. What purpose does a primary key serve in a database table? (Hint: read more than 1 web page for this answer there is a misleading web page that comes up in the searches.)
  7. What is a "virtual machine"?
  8. What is a query in Access?
  9. What is the Cloud in relation to computers?
  10. What is a "relationship" when talking about a database?

Hint: You might have to read up on some background information about the question before answering. Also when searching for the answers do not just type in the question. Uses key words pertaining to the question or topic of the question to narrow down search results.

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Homework 3, 1234, Samantha Spade

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