Darnit all! I missed an opportunity to win extra points for knowing that 100 came next? LOL...hey T.T. explain that binary thing to me once...let me see if I can get it...
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Darnit all! I missed an opportunity to win extra points for knowing that 100 came next? LOL...hey T.T. explain that binary thing to me once...let me see if I can get it...
The Binary numbering system pertains to a number system that has just two unique digits. For most purposes, we use the decimal number system, which has ten unique digits, 0 through 9. All other numbers are then formed by combining these ten digits. Computers are based on the binary numbering system, which consists of just two unique numbers, 0 and 1. All operations that are possible in the decimal system (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) are equally possible in the binary system. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
We use the decimal system in everyday life because it seems more natural (we have ten fingers and ten toes). For the computer, the binary system is more natural because of its electrical nature (charged versus uncharged). <o:p></o:p>
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In the decimal system, each digit position represents a value of 10 to the position's power. For example, the number 345 means: <o:p></o:p>
3 (three) 100s (10 to the 2nd power) plus <o:p></o:p>
4 (four) 10s (10 to the first power) plus <o:p></o:p>
5 (five) 1s (10 to the zeroth power)<o:p></o:p>
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In the binary system, each digit position represents a value of 2. For example, the binary number 0001 0000 0000 equals: <o:p></o:p>
1 (one) 256 (2 to the 8<SUP>th</SUP> power) plus<o:p></o:p>
0 (zero) 128s (2 to the 7<SUP> th</SUP> power) plus <o:p></o:p>
0 (zero) 64s (2 to the 6<SUP> th</SUP> power) plus <o:p></o:p>
0 (zero) 32s (2 to the 5<SUP> th</SUP> power) plus <o:p></o:p>
0 (zero) 16s (2 to the 4<SUP> th</SUP> power) plus <o:p></o:p>
0 (zero) 8s (2 to the 3<SUP>rd</SUP> power) plus<o:p></o:p>
0 (zero) 4s (2 to the 2nd power) plus <o:p></o:p>
0 (zeeo) 2s (2 to the 1<SUP>st</SUP> power) plus <o:p></o:p>
0 (zero) 1s (2 to the zeroth power) <o:p></o:p>
So a binary 0001 0000 0000 equals a decimal 256. <o:p></o:p>
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Because computers use the binary number system, powers of 2 play an important role. This is why everything in computers seems to come in 8s (2 to the 3rd power), 64s (2 to the 6th power), 128s (2 to the 7th power), and 256s (2 to the 8th power). <o:p></o:p>
Programmers also use the octal (8 numbers) and hexadecimal (16 numbers) number systems because they map nicely onto the binary system. Each octal digit represents exactly three binary digits, and each hexadecimal digit represents four binary digits. <o:p></o:p>
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