Revision

This is revision for the end of year examination in computer science.

Just because there is a topic here does not mean that it will be in the examination.

Similarly, if there is a topic that is not mentioned then that does not mean that it will not be examined.

Binary

You are expected to know how ro convert between the three number bases in computing, Binary, Denary and Hexadecimal.

Here is a quick way of converting from Decimal to binary. Start with the number (106) and divide it by two, the remainder is 0. Now the number is 53 and when divided by two the remainder is 1. Keep doing this until there is nothing left. The answer is the remainders, backwards. Neat huh? Try it, it works.

106 01101010
106 0  
53 1
26 0
13 1
6 0
3 1
1 1
0 0

 

You may be asked to convert from any of binary, denary and hexadecimal to binary, denary or hexadecimal.

This is binary and decimal

 

This is binary and hexadecimal.

 

Glossary

 

Glossary for logic
binary A number system that contains two digits, 0 and 1. Also known as base 2.
bit The smallest unit of data in computing represented by a 1 in binary.
CPU Central processing unit - the brain of the computer that processes program instructions. Also called a microprocessor.
denary The number system most commonly used by people. It contains 10 unique digits 0 to 9. Also known as decimal or base 10.
floating point A data value in computer programming used to denote decimal numbers.
integer A whole number - in computing, a data type which represents signed (positive) or unsigned (negative) whole numbers.
IP address A unique address for each computer device on a network.
octillion 10 to the power of 27. A thousand quadrillion.
overflow An overflow error is caused when the processor does not have enough bytes available to process an instruction.
PC Personal computer.
pi Pi is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. A number with an infinite number of decimal places, starting with 3.14.
register The section of high speed memory within the CPU that stores data to be processed.
signed A signed number has a positive or negative indicator.
word size The size of an instruction a CPU can process. A 16 bit process can process words of up to 16 bits.

 

 

Set work

Useful links (AQA Guides)

Questions

These are questions that relate to the AQA guides above.

Revision

These are some revision topics and example questions that will aid revision for the year 10 examination on 23rd June 2017. Just because it is in this list does not mean that its in the exam and if it is not in the list it does not mean that the topic is not inthe exam.

Mock examination

Here are the answers to the mock examination that you took in the summer.

For many students the objective here is to understand how to answer questions, to see where silly mistakes were made that cost easy marks and to appreciate how the examiner can aske questions relating to the theory that you already know.

Coursework

Here is the information regarding your coursework as well as some worked examples to show you how coursework should be written up.

The coursework will be done twice, once with the example task for practice and then the real NEA task. You will only have 20 hours in which to complete the real task; there cannot be any extra time given.