History of Computers: Timeline & Evolution


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In 1830, _____ designed an 'analytical engine' that performed calculations.

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1. Which of the following is TRUE of the Z3 developed by Konrad Zuse from 1935 to 1941?

2. The first generation of computers used vacuum tubes. Why were they replaced by the transistor?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Who invented computers? When did computers start to resemble the machines we use today? You'll need to answer these and other questions about the creation and development of computers to pass this quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be asked quiz questions about the following:

  • The 'father of computers'
  • The inventor of the first electronic computer
  • What technology was used in the third generation of computers
  • What a transistor is
  • The introduction of the first operating system with a graphical user interface

Skills Practiced

As you use these study tools, you'll be able to practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as transistor and graphical user interface
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the history and evolution of computers
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the earliest ideas about computers and interpret it correctly
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about advances in computer technology

Additional Learning

The lesson called History of Computers: Timeline & Evolution gives you more information on this topic. The lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Know what a computer is
  • Explore the earliest computing devices
  • Learn about early electronic computers
  • Review the rise of personal computers
  • Examine how processing power has changed over time