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Course Information

  • Course Title: Introduction to Computing
  • Meeting Time: 2:00 PM to 3:45 PM MW
  • Classroom: C1135
  • Textbook: Technology at your Service
  • Instructor: Dr. Sean Kopinski

Course Materials

Milestones in Computing


The Analytical Engine (First mechanical computer)

Charles Babbage comes up with the first proposal for a mechanical computer in the year of 1837. The analytical engine contained an ALU (Arithmetic Logic Unit) and integrated memory. Funding issues delayed building of the machine until 1910 when Henry Babbage (Charles Babbage's youngest son) managed to assemble enough of the machine so that it performed very basic calculations. Analytical engine.jpg

Nicholle, M. (n.d.). History of Computers Timeline - 1910 - 1959. Retrieved March 15, 2017, from http://www.ictlounge.com/html/history_of_computers_1910-1960.htm

Ashley Silva


1920's was a time of many new inventions. This decade was booming drastically. New inventions such as silent movies, the radio, and most importantly Henry Ford's Model T. After WWI, America advanced greatly in economic success, allowing them to enjoy more leisure time and technology. People were getting more money and began to spend lots of more money. People of the 20's therefore began to spend money for better roads, tourism and holidays with family. which eventually lead to Henry Ford's Model T. It was the first car invented and helped American people to live an easy life by making transportation easier and much more faster.

Model T 1920.jpg

Elsa Kifle


In the 1930's computing was found to be a breakthrough into the world of technology. The introduction to this concept flourished as the years went by and the wonderful world of technology grew bigger than anyone could ever imagine. The first big breakthrough was with "well logging" in the year of 1932 and was considered a basic tool for that specific year. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.slb.com/about/history/1930s.aspx

Amy Holbrook


  • The first computer was invented in 1943
  • Invented by J. Presper Eckertand and John Mauchly at the University of Pennsylvania
  • It occupied about 1,800 square feet
  • used about 18,000 vacuum tubes, weighing almost 50 tons.

Here is a pic: https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fcdn.computerhope.com%2Fwhirlwind-machine.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.computerhope.com%2Fissues%2Fch000984.htm&h=371&w=470&tbnid=tIXX0dpj77BXhM%3A&vet=10ahUKEwjTzNmFodnSAhVLKiYKHf--CwEQ9QEIHjAA..i&tbnh=160&tbnw=203&docid=TSZqdtsgoUhcOM&usg=__NhrPJSb6msBrDQXkOUTOL_GZRJU%3D&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwjTzNmFodnSAhVLKiYKHf--CwEQ9QEIHjAA#h=371&imgrc=tIXX0dpj77BXhM:&tbnh=160&tbnw=203&vet=10ahUKEwjTzNmFodnSAhVLKiYKHf--CwEQ9QEIHjAA..i&w=470




  • "In October of 1970 the first dynamic RAM chip was introduced by Intel. It was called the 1103 and had a capacity of 1 Kbit and 1024 bits.
  • Programming language Forth developed. A simple, clean, stackbased design, which later inspired PostScript and the Java virtual machine.
  • AiResearch and American Microsystems develop the MP944, one of the candidates for first microprocessor, for the F-14A Tomcat fighter jet".

Ram Chip.jpg

(n.d.). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_computing_1950%E2%80%9379

LaTonya Heard


In 1980 home computers were being bought left and right in British homes. The Sinclair ZX was created to be user friendly, and everyone wanted them for educational purposes. The creators of the computer wanted to create a whole new revolution to homes, schools and workplaces. Before they were introduced to people outside of working places, you would only find a computer in a factory, or a business. You would sometimes only find one computer for a huge company that everyone would share. Overtime scientist wanted to squeeze as much information into one small computer, they could put all the security needed to make a computer all onto a few tiny micro-chips. Later on the Sinclair ZX80 was made and it was created for under one-hundred dollars. People said that it looked like an overgrown calculator. Sinclair.jpg

A brave new world: the 1980s home computer boom. (n.d.). Retrieved March 15, 2017

Madeleine Riddle



The only place to access a computer was either at the office, school, or the library. Until in the 1990's home computers were born. This allowed students to study at home and also let people work from home as well. In 1992 the World Wide Web was introduced, which allowed users to get online and browse the internet. By 1993 the internet had about 130 websites and in 1995 businesses had begun to develop. Google is a huge milestone in the internet genre. When you get online to look up a recipe, or directions somewhere, or to just find facts, you use Google. Google came about in 1998 in pioneering their work place and continue to do so now.



Google work office present

--Erin Criswell 15:04, 15 March 2017 (EDT)Erin Criswell



In the 2000s, the Microsoft Windows was created. It was far by one the most largest commercial project built. Microsoft Windows is the most important windows usage because that's where students do most of there work in such as school wise. it also has good server usage and doesn't ruin anything in your computer. has good quality overall for your computer.

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Karen Sierra


Technology in 2010 had many Advances in modern technology. 2010.jpg

Motion Technology we got the first motion active game system the Xbox 360 and the Wii and let go of the controllers. Xbox 360.jpg

3D Technology 3D television entered the marketplace this year. Panasonic's unveiling of the world's first integrated twin-lens Full HD 3D camcorder, followed by the first 3D consumer camcorder. Fujifilm also grabbed attention with the W3 – the world's first compact 3D camera capable of shooting high definition video – and British tabloid The Sun published the first 3D newspaper complete with 3D glasses on June 5. Space tourism takes off A string of world first announcements during 2010 from Virgin Galactic has marked a shift in the push towards space tourism. Among these we saw the first captive carry flight, the first free flight and the first manned flight of VSS Enterprise, plus the opening of the two mile long runway at Spaceport America. Ipad This is my gadget of the year, without a doubt. For casual web browsing, ebook reading, games and even light office work, the iPad is a revelation. It’s more comfortable to use on the sofa than a laptop and the screen is more practical than a smartphone. IPhone 4 A minor kerfuffle about reception problems that the iPhone 4 suffers when held in a certain way seems to have been forgotten. Equipped with a stunning ‘Retina’ display, the iPhone 4 really shines when it comes to video - it offers HD video with easy editing facilities - and graphically demanding games, such as Epic’s astonishing Infinity Blade. In FaceTime, its video chat application, Apple has the makings of a powerful product. Iphone 4.jpg

Android If any one mobile operating system has had the best of 2010, it’s surely Google’s Android: 300,000 Android gadgets, mostly mobile phones but tablets too, are now activated around the world every day. But in 2010, too, a whole new trend emerged. Twitter The service continued to grow during 2010, adding a further 100 million new registered accounts and is now valued at $3.7bn, post a recent round of funding. The site underwent a total redesign, significantly improving the layout, discovery tools and search capabilities. However, most significantly, 2010 was the year that Twitter, six years on from founding, finally launched a commercial model and started generating revenues outside of its search index deals. Its advertising model, called promoted tweets, went live in the US in April and was spearheaded by then chief operating officer, Dick Costolo. Twitter.jpg

Worked Cited

Shane Richmond, Emma Barnett and Matt Warman. "Top 10 Technology Trends of 2010." The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group, 21 Dec. 2010. Web. 15 Mar. 2017.  
"Top Ten Technology Firsts of 2010." New Atlas - Latest News. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Mar. 2017. 

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Students List

Arthur, Guirmene

Bandoo, Andre

Bryan, Marcellus

Byrd, Kamyylah

Caxton, Ekundayo

Conley, Ansley

Criswell, Erin

Dark, Victoria

Gill, Madeline

Hager, Sierra

Heard, LaTonya

Holbrook, Amy

Ikpechukwu, Phoebe

Juarez, Graciela

Kifle, Elsa

Miller, Raheem

Navid, Kaikhisrow

Rice, Kelvin

Riddle, Madeleine

Sierra, Karen

Silva, Ashley

Smith, Noah

Zaragoza, Carlos

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