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Read the following article…
Student hoaxes world’s media on Wikipedia <— Click the link to go to the article from, then come back here and reply with your opinion and answer the questions below.

We have all used wikipedia to look up information on a multitude of topics, but how accurate can a user based encyclopedia be? You just read an article that discusses how inaccurate and misleading the info-based website can become. Not very good when a synonym of information is intelligence. If we turn to and rely on wikipedia for our information, does it in return control our intelligence?

Answer the following questions:

1. When was wikipedia created?
2. How many articles are available on wikipedia?
3. How many languages is wikipedia available in?
4. How often do you use wikipedia to research topics?
5. Do you double check your information and facts when using wikipedia?
5a. If yes, what sources do you use to double check?
6. Where did you get/find your information before wikipedia was available?

Instructions: Select the correct answer
1. What can we use to “talk” to a computer?
a keyboard
a mouse
a microphone
all of the above

2. What is a URL?
a keyboard
an Internet address
a hard drive
a turkey

3. Where is your computer desktop?
on the screen
on the keyboard
on the Internet
on the CPU

4. Which holds the most information?
a floppy disk
a book
a compact disk
a baseball bat

5. Where do your pointer fingers rest on the home row?
a and k
f and j
d and k
r and u

6. To speak into the microphone you must:
put it in your mouth
speak quietly
put it on your mouth
all of the above

7. A keyboard is an input device.

True or False

8. A computer is not much use without an operating system.

True or False

9. Speakers are an example of an output device.

True or False

10. When I’m finished working on the computer, I can just turn it off by pushing the off button.

True or False

11. Text you can click on to move to another spot on the Internet is called:

12. You must double-click:
on hypertext
on icons

13. The software that allows you to surf the Internet is your:

14. Case sensitive means:
not suitable for all ages
correct capital and lower case letters are necessary
your feelings will be hurt

15. A webmaster is one who:
creates a website
knows how to surf the Internet
teaches Internet usage

16. .com indicates:
that the website sells something
that the website is a commercial one

17. Drag and drop means:
Putting something in your recycle file
Moving documents from one computer to another
Clicking and holding to move something to another spot

18. Writing an email message in all capital letters:
indicates yelling and is rude
is helpful for the recipient
doesn’t matter

19. A group of many computers all over the world that are all connected to each other is called:
the Internet
online service

20. Getting onto the Internet is called:
going online

21. Going from one place to another on the Internet is called:
the World Wide Web
email address
surfing the net

22. A huge collection of electronic pages containing information about many different subjects is called:
the World Wide Web
email address
surfing the net

23. A connection between two Web pages is a link.

24. The home page is the first thing you see when you get online.

25. Copying a file from another computer to your computer is called:

26. Which one is not an output device?


27. Which one works as an output and input device?


28. All computers must have:

Word processing software
An operating system
A printer attached
A virus checking program

29. The brain of the computer is called:

Random Access Memory or RAM
Central Processing Unit or CPU
Read Only Memory or ROM

30. An operating system is:

Integrated software
CD-ROM software
Application software
System software

31. Software is:

A computer program
A set of instructions
All of the above
Only in operating systems

32. One MB is equal to:

The amount of RAM in every computer
1 billion bytes
1 thousand bytes

33. The resolution of a printer is measured in:

Dots per inch (DPI)
Inches (diagonal)

34. Windows and Macintosh computers:

Are both manufactured by Motorola
Both use Intel microprocessors
Use the same operating system
Are not compatible

35. A computer port is used to:

Communicate with other computer peripherals
Download files from the web
Communicate with all hard drives
Connect computers together

36. Which computer is the fastest?

PII 600MHz
Pentium 600MHz
486 Turbo

37. Which hard disk will be able to store more information?


38. In order for your computer to play music you need:

A network card and speakers
A sound card and speakers
Nothing more than the internal speaker
A CD-ROM drive

39. In order to access the World Wide Web you need:

An Internet connection, an Internet Service Provider and browser software
Only Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator
A modem and a browser
Nothing. All computers can access the Internet

40. If you have two different printers attached to your computer:

It is not possible to have two printers attached to a single computer
You need to install a single printer driver
You need to use application software that can recognize both printers
You need to install two different printer drivers in order to be able to print to either printer

41. Which file extensions indicate only graphics files?


42. Which Windows program do you use to manage folders and files?

Windows Explorer
Windows Accessories
Microsoft Office
Windows Control Panel

43. What is a URL:

An email address
The title of a web site
The address of a page on the World Wide Web
A communication method between computers and printers

44. Which media holds more information?

Floppy diskette
Zip drive

45. Which one is an email address:



46. What does the X in Mac OSX stand for?

You can use Ch. 2 of our book to find the answers… click on leave a comment and answer them.  🙂

Ch. 2 – Physics and Psychophysics of Sound

1.  Sound can be described in 3 ways.  What are they?

2.  What is a soundwave?

3.  Elasticity is the ______________________________.

4.  What is compression?

5.  The number of cycles that a vibration completes in one second is __________________ .

6.  If a vibration completes 50 cycles per second (cps) What is its frequency?  ______ (Hz)

7.  If a vibration completes 10,000 cps, its frequency is ________.

8.  Just below the low end and above the high end, the name of the frequencies

we can only sense and not hear.  (there are two)

9.  What is an octave?

10. What is a fundamental?  What are its harmonics?  What are its overtones?

11. What are the 5 components that make up a soundwave?

12. The size of a sound wave determines its _____________.

13. Loudness is measured in ____________.

14. What is Timbre?

15. What is masking?

Read the article HERE and find the definition of the following terms.  Make sure to click on NEXT at the bottom right of each page to continue with the article.

1) What is a Codec?
2) What is compression ration?
3) What is Lossy/Lossless?
4) What is Bit Rate?
5) What is VBR?
6) What is CBR?
7) What is Sample Rate/Bit Depth?
8) What is Dynamic Range?
9)  What is DCT?
10) What is ID3?
11) Name 5 major Audio Formats and define each one.

Chiptunes are everywhere, and if you’ve been intrigued by them, this article will help you create your very own out of just about any song.

Chiptunes are traditionally created using sound chips from old computer systems and game consoles. Some of the best examples of chip music can be made using Commodore 64s, GameBoys and the original NES. Since these pieces of hardware could only generate sounds and tones over a few channels, there is difficulty in creating complex songs. Along with the fact that this kind of circuit bending is not for a novice like myself and the learning curve tends to be very high. I wanted to find a way to accomplish this without spending days learning and researching software or hardware.

I am not trying to devalue chiptunes in any way, it definitely is an art form. I just want to present an alternative for those that are curious in creating their own masterpiece. So if we’re not going to need hardware and complicated software, what are we going to use? Using GarageBand ’09, a plugin and a MIDI file, you can convert a song you already know and love into a chiptune.

First thing is to find a MIDI version of a song you want to create. I just went to Google and searched for “Muse midi” and quickly found a Muse song that would work. Save the MIDI file on your computer for later. Now we need to download the Magical 8-bit Plugin from the YMCK website and put the magical8bitPlug.component file in the/Libraries/Audio/Plug-ins/Component folder.

  1. Startup GarageBand and start new project by selecting the Piano. This will create a single track project that we can import our MIDI file into.
  2. Now drag your MIDI file into GarageBand and you will see it create new tracks for each voice in the MIDI file.
  3. Double-click a track to change the instrument from the Piano to our chiptune instrument.
  4. Click the Edit tab and then click the drop-down where it says “Piano” and select “Magical8bitPlug”
  5. Now if you want to tweak that tracks sound, click the Plugin logo and play around with the settings.

  6. This needs to be setup for every track except the drums. Use your creativity and change the track sounds to match the instrument they’re representing. The drum track needs some special attention and since the plugin won’t work for this, I did the following.
  7. Change the drum track sound to the Hip Hop drum Kit.
  8. Add a new effect to this track. Use theBitcrusher effect and select whatever settings sound good to you. I used Wave Deconstruction.

Now you may have to tweak the volume levels on each track to your liking but for the most part, you are done. Export an MP3 and amaze your friends! Well maybe not if they read this article too, but with this knowledge you could create your own music and use the chiptune sounds as your instruments. I know this is not as hardcore as true circuit bending, so don’t send me angry emails. It’s more of a fun little project to please your creative side. Share your own creations with us through the comments and check out my final results in the audio clip below.

1. One of the following is not a characteristic of sound: (p. 1)

a. it is emitted directionally
b. it can be layered
c. it is attention-demanding
d. it has a visual component

2. Sound can provide the listener with considerable cognitive information. Which of the following is not considered cognitive processing? (p. 3)

a. memory
b. reasoning
c. judgment
d. information relating to emotion, feeling, and mood

3. Sound also provides affective information. Which of the following is not considered affective processing? (p. 1)

a. emotion
b. feeling
c. knowledge
d. mood

4. Loud sounds cause hearing loss by damaging hair cells in the: (p. 3)

a. outer ear
b. cochlea
c. middle ear
d. auditory canal

5. Loud sounds can raise blood pressure, cause stomach trouble, tension, anxiety, fatigue, and crankiness. (p. 5)

a. true
b. false

6. Prolonged exposure to loud sound can bring on: (p. 5)

a. the threshold of pain
b. cochleal synapsis
c. inner ear syndrome
d. tinnitus

7. Having educated ears means: (p.7)

a. knowing how to have healthy ears
b. the ability to listen with careful discrimination to sound
c. knowing musical styles and musical theory
d. knowing what sounds are to loud

8. Analytical listening: (p. 8 )

a. is the same as critical listening
b. involves evaluation of the characteristics of the sound itself
c. is the evaluation of the content and function of sound cannot be learned

9. Audio professionals must be able to listen both critically and analytically (p. 8 )

a. true
b. false

10. A sound wave is a vibrational disturbance of: (p. 11)

a. molecules
b. electromagnetic radiation
c. electrostatic radiation
d. a transverse wave

11. Sound propagates through the air because: (p. 11)

a. it is omnidirectional
b. it has no tangible structure
c. of the elasticity of air
d. it cannot travel through any other medium

12. The point in a sound wave at which a partial vacuum occurs is the point of: (p. 11)

a. compression
b. rarefaction
c. elasticity
d. propagation

13. The number of times in a second a vibration completes one cycle is known as its: (p. 12)

a. attack
b. velocity
c. frequency
d. amplitude

14. The frequency of a sound wave is perceived as: (p. 13)

a. pitch
b. velocity
c. loudness
d. wavelength

15. Hertz is the term used to designate: (p. 12)

a. octave
b. velocity
c. cycles per second (cps)
d. wavelength

16. The frequencies between 20 Hz and 80 Hz are considered the: (p. 13)

a. (low)bass
b. midrange
c. presence range
d. treble

17. Pitch: (p.13)

a. is the same as frequency
b. is a term used by musicians while audio professionals use the term frequency
c. is the psychological perception of frequency
d. or frequency are the same as amplitude

18. The ninth and tenth octaves give sound: (p. 14)

a. a mellow quality
b. a bottom or foundation
c. a vital, brilliant, lifelike quality
d. richness

19. Acoustic sound pressure level (SPL)is measured logarithmically because: (p. 15)

a. pitch is also measured as logarithms
b. frequency is expressed as a logarithm
c. because of periodic changes in atmospheric pressure
d. to compress loudness measurement into manageable figures

20. The range of the difference in decibels between the quietest and loudest sound is called: (p. 15)

a. envelope
b. dynamic range
c. timbre
d. sound pressure level

21. One of the following statements is not true: (p. 15)

a. impedance is that property in a circuit that restricts the flow of AC current
b. impedance is measured in ohms
c. the lower the impedance in a circuit, the better
d. the higher the impedance in a circuit, the better

22. The equal loudness curves demonstrate the human ear’s relative insensitivity to: (p. 15)

a. midrange frequencies
b. eighth-octave frequencies
c. frequencies in the threshold of hearing
d. high and low frequencies

23. The response curve of the human ear is relatively flat or equally sensitive from the bass through the treble ranges. (p. 15)

a. true
b. false

24. If the following frequencies were sounded at the same level, which would be perceived as loudest? (p. 18)

a. 50 Hz
b. 1,000 Hz
c. 10,000 Hz
d. 15,000 Hz

25. The hiding of some sounds by other sounds when each is a different frequency and they are presented together is called: (p. 17)

a. equalization
b. the equal loudness principle
c. masking
d. phase

Getting Started:

  • To start, load Garageband:


  • Then, choose ‘Create a New Music Project’. Give your project a name (use your first and last name), and save it on the Desktop.
  • You should now see the program. To make a song, you just choose from a selection of Loops. You put them together like a jigsaw to make a song. If you don’t like one of the pieces, you can delete it, or move it to a new place in your song. To find the loops, click on the Loops button:


  • Now, choose an instrument, or a type of music from the options that appear. You will see lots of different types of music in the list on the right. To hear one, double click on it.
  • When you have found something that you like, drag it up into the main window.


  • Keep searching for new and interesting loops. Drag them up into the main window. You can move the around by dragging. You can also delete them, by clicking on them, and pressing ‘Backspace’ on the keyboard.
  • If you have found a loop that you really like, you can repeat it. Move your mouse to the right edge of the loop so that it makes a spiral shape. Now drag the edge of the loop to make it longer.
  • You can use the stop / play / rewind buttons to listen to your song:


  • When you’re happy with your song, click on ‘Share’ and ‘Send Song to iTunes’:


  • Can you make a song for the start of a radio news show?
  • Think of a title for your song first (e.g. ‘Morning Skies’, or ‘Good News’) and make some music which fits that title.
  • Create some music which might be used in a dramatic part of a film or soap opera.

Use google or any other search engine to answer the following questions.  Click “Leave a comment” to submit your answers.

1. What is GarageBand and what can you do with it?

2. What company makes GarageBand?

3. What products does Propellerhead make?

4. What is Propellerhead Reason?

5. What is the cost for Propellerhead Reason?

6. What is Propellerhead Record?

7. What is the cost for Propellerhead Record?

8. What is Digidesign Pro Tools?

9. What is the cost of Digidesign Pro Tools?

10. What is FL Studio?

11. What is the cost of FL Studio?

12. Which product(s) do you think are better?

13. Which product(s) do you most look forward to using?

Watch the video below and answer the questions….

1. Under what menu can you find the create NEW TRACK option?

2. What is the keyboard shortcut to record?

3.  Name 5 SFX found in garage band..

4.  How do you add a new track to record?

Define the following:

Define the following terms that are used in the Garageband application.

1. Pan
2. Midi
3. Podcast
4.  Loops
5.  Ducking
6.  Metronome
7.  Chord
8.  Tempo
9.  Stingers
10. Jam Packs

* Remember to make sure your answers are audio/sound related.  *

Q.1) How do you open a program such a microsoft word when there are no icons on the desktop?

A. Double click on the desktop to reveal hidden icons.
B. Click the start button and select the program from the menu.
C. Use a keyboard command.
D. It’s not possible to open a program when there are no icons on the desktop.
E. Restart the computer.
Q.2) How do you save a document to a flash drive when you are working in Microsoft Word?

A. Click the “X’ in the top right corner of the screen.
B. Use the start button to locate the flash drive. Right click on the flash drive and select “Save.”
C. Click “File” at the top of the screen and select “Save As.” Select the flash drive, type a file name and click “Save”.
D. Restart the computer.
E. Use the “Alt” and “F4” keys to open a “Save” window.

Q.3) What happens when you press “Ctrl-Alt-Delete”?

A. The computer will self-destruct.
B. The program you are using will close.
C. Your active window will close.
D. The computer will restart.
E. A menu of programs available on the computer will pop up on the desktop.

Q.4) Which two websites offer free email service?

A. Apple and ebay
B. Google and Yahoo
C. The United States Post Office site and Google
D. Yahoo and Amazon
E. Hotmail and I-tunes

Q.5) How do you select text to copy or delete in a word document?

A. Go to “Edit” at the top of the screen and select “Copy.”
B. Place the cursor at the beginning of the text you wish to highlight, press the left mouse button and drag the mouse across the text.
C. Use the backspace key until the cursor reaches the text you wish to select. Press “Ctrl” to select the text.
D. Press the “Page Up” key on the keyboard.
E. Place the cursor at the beginning of the text you wish to highlight, press the right mouse button and drag the mouse across the text.

Q.6) Select the email address from the choices below.

A. Bob
D. bobsmith461*

Q.7) How do you close a window on your desktop?

A. Use the mouse to press the button with two overlapping boxes in it at the top right corner of the screen.
B. Go to “File” and select “Save As.”
C. Use the mouse to press the button with the “X” in it at the top right corner of the screen
D. Go to “Edit” and select “Close.”
E. Press the “Ctrl” key on the keyboard.

Q.8) Which two websites are search engines?

A. Google and Ask
B. Google and Hotmail
C. Ask Jeeves and NCLive
D. NCLive and Google
E. The Library Catalog and Google

Q.9) How do you make text in a word document bold?

A. Click the “B” on the toolbar at the top of the screen.
B. Press “CTRL” and “B” on the keyboard.
C. Highlight the text using the mouse and click the “B” on the toolbar at the top of the screen.
D. Go to “Edit” and select “bold text.”
E. Go to “File” and select “bold text.”

Q.10) Is it possible to have more than one program open at the same time?

A. Yes
B. No

Q.11) How do you properly shut down a computer?

A. Press the power switch on the front of the CPU to turn off the machine.
B. Press the power button on the front of the monitor.
C. Go to the “Start” button and select “Shut Down.”
D. Go to the “Start” button and select “Log Off.”
E. Press the “Shut Down” key on the keyboard.

Q.12) How do you open a word document saved on a flash drive?

A. Go to “Start” and select “Search” to find and open the file.
B. Go to “Start” and double click on the flash drive icon to open the flash drive. Double click on the file name to open the file.
C. Go to “Start” and open Microsoft Word. Go to “File” at the top left of the screen and select “Open.”
D. Double click the flash drive icon on the desktop to open the flash drive. Double click on the file name to open the file.
E. Press the “shift” key on the keyboard to open the Flash Drive. Double click the file name to open the file.

Q.13) How do you rename a file saved on your computer?

A. Right click on the file name and choose “Rename File.” Type the new file name.
B. Left click on the file name and choose “Rename File.” Type the new file name.
C. Open the file. Click “Edit” at the top left of the screen and select “Rename.”
D. Open the file. Click “File” at the top left of the screen and select “Save.”
E. Open the file. Click “File” at the top left of the screen and select “Rename.”

Q.14) Select the two websites that provide printable driving directions free of charge.

A. and
B. and
C. and
D. and
E. and

Q.15) How would you print one paragraph of text from a web page without printing the whole page?

A. Go to file and click “Print Preview.”
B. Go to file and click “Print.” Check the box labeled “Print Selection,” then click “Print.”
C. Press the “print” button on the toolbar at the top of the screen.
D. Highlight the text you want to print. Press the “Print” button on the toolbar at the top of the screen.
E. Highlight the text you want to print. Go to file and click “Print.” Check the box labeled “Print Selection,” then click “Print.”

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