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INSTITUTO UNIVERSITARIO DE TECNOLOGIA DE
ADMINISTRACION INDUSTRIAL
INFORMATIC I
SECTION. 201A3
ENGLISH
TEACHER. JOEL ACOSTA

The First Computer Programmer


CARACAS, JULY 2010

AdaLovelace: The First Computer Programmer

Instructions: Read through the text, answer the questions that follow.

The First Computer Programmer

Ada Lovelace was the daughter of the poet Lord Byron.She was taught by Mary Somerville, a well-known researcher and scientific author, who introduced her to Charles Babbage in June 1833. Babbage was an English mathematician, who first had the idea for aprogrammable computer.

In 1842 and 1843, Ada translate the work of an Italian mathematician, Luigi Menabrea, on Babbage`s Analytical Engine. Though mechanical, this machine was an important step inthe history of computer. Babbage worked on it for many years until his death in 1871. The However, because of financial, political, and legal issues, the firs completed general-purpose computers byabout 100 years.

When Ada translated the article, she added a set of notes which specified in complete detail a method for calculating certain numbers with the Analytical Engine, which have sincebeen recognized by historians as the world`s first computer program. She also saw possibilities in it that Babbage hadn`t: she realized that the machine could compose pieces of music. The computerprogramming language `Ada`, used in some aviation and military programs, is named after her.

QUESTIONS

Q1.- Ada Lovelace`s teacher introduced her to Charles Babbage.
* True
* False

Q2.-Babbage programmed the first computer.
* True
* False

Q3.- Ada translated the article in 1842.
* True
* False

Q4.- The analytical Engine was electronic.
* True
* FalseQ5.- Luigi Menabrea designed the first computer.
* True
* False

Q6.- Babbage finished the machine before he died.
* True
* False

Q7.- Babbage`s design was ahead of its time....
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