V22.0201-001: Comp. Sys. Org. I (Honors)

Mid-term Study Guide


1. The mid-term exam will be on Tuesday, October 23, 2001.

2. It will be worth 14 points (out of a total of 100 for the course).

3. It will cover the material in chapters 1 9 of the Dewar notes.

4. It will consist of

(a) one question in which you have to convert a few lines of x86 code to binary (including a jump instruction)

(c) one question in which you have to write an x86 procedure (roughly 20 lines)

(d) a series of short-answer questions about x86 instructions.  Although anything from chapters 1 9 is fair game, the emphasis will be on arrays, bit manipulation (shifting and logical operations), and procedures. You should study that material thoroughly. In particular, it is a good idea to review the extended examples which appear at the end of most chapters.

You will be allowed the entire period.

Programs are graded primarily on correctness. There will be no penalty for small differences in efficiency, although we may penalize for grossly inefficient programs or programs with totally useless instructions. Comments on the programs are encouraged, both to make grading easier, and to allow for assignment of partial credit.