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History of the Personal Computer

Introduction: The history of the personal computer is vast and complex. As computers continue to develop, each development brings greater opportunities and challenges to the world of computing.

Learn how it all started and where it has led to in today's world.

This activity contains 13 questions.

Question 1.
The first accurate mechanical calculator was invented in 1642 by __________.

 
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Question 2.
In 1834, the ________ included components of RAM, CPU, and input/output devices that are used in today's computers.

 
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Question 3.
In 1975, Popular Electronics magazine advertised the __________ as the first computer available for personal use.

 
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Question 4.
In 1956, Jack Kilby, from Texas Instruments, invented the ________, which could store thousands of transistors on a single chip.

 
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Question 5.
The __________, which can alter its electric state between on and off, is the basic building block for computer circuitry.

 
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Question 6.
The first spreadsheet software application for personal computers was __________.

 
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Question 7.
Built in 1939, the __________ computer was the first to use vacuum tubes instead of mechanical switches to store binary data.

 
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Question 8.
Which computer was the first computer designed for U.S. business?

 
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Question 9.
The __________ is considered to be the first successful high-speed electronic digital computer.

 
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Question 10.
Who is considered the first computer programmer?

 
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To create paragraphs in your essay response, type <p> at the beginning of the paragraph, and </p> at the end.

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