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Thread: Binary Numbers

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    Default Binary Numbers

    Need your help! Please.
    I did some exercises. It's binary numbers.
    But the problem is that i don't know if it's
    right. Maybe there are some mistakes and it
    would be perfect if somebody could look through and
    correct them. Thanks in advance.

    Here are my answers:

    b. Make the following calculations with 8 bit numbers. Show carries and indicate whether an overflow occurred.

    + 00011101



    bold = overflow

    first: 01001001 overflow

    second: 10001000 overflow

    third: A+B = 15; 3+F+1=13 => 1354 => 30910

    d. In a base 4 number system, we have the digits 0,1,2 and 3. Convert the base-4 number 323104 to decimal, octal and hex. How many bits do we need to store the value in memory on a digital computer ( hint: convert to binary)
    94810 = 11101101002
    10 digits = we need 10 bits to store it
    (here i didn't manage to do octal and hex )
    Last edited by Bido; January 6th, 2011 at 01:56 PM.

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    Default Re: Binary Numbers

    bold = overflow
    That's not an over-flow, that's actually a carry. An overflow is when the number of bits required to store the resulting number is greater than the number of bits you have available (8).

    third: A+B = 15; 3+F+1=13 => 1354
    I think you meant 13516? That would be the correct answer.

    For the last one, if you have the binary number simply use that to convert the number to octal/hex.

    Here's a trick for converting between binary and hex:
    Every hex digit can be represented with 4 binary digits. So you only need to memorize the 16 binary digit combinations (or count up/down in binary) to get the matching hex digit:
    (I'm using the Java hex notation, but the numbers on the left are binary)
    0000 = 0x0
    0001 = 0x1
    0010 = 0x2
    0011 = 0x3
    0100 = 0x4
    0101 = 0x5
    0110 = 0x6
    0111 = 0x7
    1000 = 0x8
    1001 = 0x9
    1010 = 0xA
    1011 = 0xB
    1100 = 0xC
    1101 = 0xD
    1110 = 0xE
    1111 = 0xF

    Now to use this trick, simply take your binary number and group it into 4's and use that table to match your digits.

    1000 1010 0100 0101 0101 0101 0011 1001 1111 = 0x8A45559F

    Converting to octals has the same trick: use groupings of 3.
    100 010 100 100 010 101 010 101 001 110 011 111 = 4244252516378

    And how about base 4? If you guessed groupings of 2, you'd be correct.

    Going backwards is equally as easy.

    Unfortunately, there's no easy way to convert from 2 to decimal (well, not that I know of). You must simply convert using the basic "algorithm" for base conversion.
    Last edited by helloworld922; January 6th, 2011 at 02:56 PM.

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