- Tell what computers are, and briefly describe their history. Tell what data processing is, and how it is used.
- Name the four major components of a computer system, and describe the function of one component in detail.
- Build a simple model of one of the following that will help you to illustrate it s function in detail - core storage, drum storage, or disk storage.
- Describe the differences and uses of analog and digital computers. Explain the Hollerith and Powers codes, and their roles in computers.
- Obtain your local post office Zip code and convert it to binary.
- Using the flow-chart diagram method, show the steps necessary in setting up a campsite.
- Name four different uses of computers in business.
- Convert your full name to each of the following codes - Hollerith, binary-coded decimal, and eight-channel standard code.
- Be able to tell your Merit Badge Counselor in your own words the meaning of the following: functional units, storage, input and output devices, random access, on-line system, central processing unit, magnetic ink character, information retrieval, solid-state components, nanosecond, stored program, console, optical reader, and register.
- Do any two of the following:
- Arrange with your Counselor to visit a local data-processing installation.
- Obtain and read two pieces of information about data processing other than the manufacture's literature. Summarize what you read for the Counselor.
- Write a 500-word report on the various types of specialist occupations available in the data-processing field. Include educational requirements and average wage brackets when possible.
- Show your Counselor five examples of data-processing output, or tape, cards, or report form used.
- Do the following:
- Construct an analog adder and explain its operation.
- Construct a card reader, demonstrate it to your Counselor, and explain to him the difference between the Hollerith code and the internal machine code.