Mr. Rogers'  IB Computer Science - Fourth Quarter Objectives

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Latin/Greek Root Words

arch--------->ancient, example: archtype;         chrono------>time, example: chronology;             -dom----------->quantity/state, example: freedom               fer-------->carry, example: transfer;               gen--------->birth, example: generate;                 luc-------->light, example lucid;                 neo--------->new, example: neonatologist;                olig--------->few, example: oligarchy;              omni--------->all, omniscient;            sym--------->together, symbol;

(Comp Sci connection)


GridWorld Chapter 5:

Read Chapter 4 Interacting Objects, Exercises all, 


AP Exam Free Response Preparation


Homefun (turn in 3 per week):

1.      Answer all the questions in the free response portion of the 2004 and the 2005 Computer Science AB exam except for the Marine Biology Case Study question.

2.      Grade and score the answers to your partner's answers to the above according to the AP answer guide. Sign the problems you grade.

3.      Be familiar with the java library classes in the AB-level AP Java Subset (see the College Board AP Computer Science AB Site)

Problem sets can be found online at the AP Computer Science A section of the American College Board site or will be provided by (name omitted).




AP Exam Multiple Choice Preparation

In-Class Tests: A multiple choice AP type test will be given approximately once per week starting near the end of March (3 tests total). These will count 100 points each toward your grade. They will be curved to approximate an AP grading system. At worst 50% correct will be a "C". In addition, each student will receive an estimate from 1 to 5 of their future grade based on each test.

Take-Home Tests: A minimum of 2 multiple choice AP-type take-home tests will be given. These will count 50 points each and be curved but not as generously as the in-class tests. Your work is to be turned in on each question. You may collaborate with other students and may compare answers but only if each person has actually worked the problem and written down their work. Allowing a student to simply copy your answers is strictly forbidden and may result in a grade of zero for both of the students involved.

The Good News: The highest in-class test will be cloned to help compensate for having a bad day. Take-home tests will not be cloned.


AP Exam Self Study

As mentioned on the first page, you will not reach your potential on the AP test without a lot of self study. This AP test study should start in December.  At that time you should start practicing the multiple choice practice tests in the Barron's AP review book. These questions are close to those actually found on AP tests.


Essential Question: Do computing professionals make life and death decisions?

The Social and Ethical Considerations in Computing

(VI Computing in Context)

1.      System reliability--the horror stories: radiation burned cancer patients, phone system crashes, etc.

2.      The right to privacy--you would not walk into your neighbor's house merely because the door was open.

3.      Legal issues

         software piracy--When you pirate software you are stealing from every single user who has paid for the product. This eventually shows up as an added cost in a wide variety of products other than just software related ones.

         intellectual property

o        copyright law--anything you write including code is automatically copyrighted as soon as it is written. Copyright law is very strong protection.

o        trademarks

o        patents


         identity theft

         e-mail scams--you've won a million dollars, yeah right.


         viruses--the price you pay for antivirus software is only part of the continuing cost you are forced  to pay because of individuals who write viruses.

4.      Social and ethical ramifications



         chain letters--when you politely complain to the sender use "reply". Never use "reply to all" it compounds the problem.

         search engine issues--when information from one site is copied and posted on another, without giving a reference to the original source, it becomes impossible to find the original source and evaluate the reliability of the information.

5.      Define responsible use of computers.

Assignment: Pick a topic from any of the above items (except for one you picked last year) and prepare a 5 minute PowerPoint presentation to be delivered in class after the AP exam.


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