Exploring Binary Numbering

The binary numbering system is capable of every function that the decimal system is. There are some who say that the only reason we use the decimal system, which is based on the number 10, is because we have 10 fingers and toes. Regardless, it is true that the only difference between the binary and decimal system is the number on which each is based.

The decimal system is based on the number 10, and the binary system is based on the number 2. This means that there are 10 and 2 values, respectively, in each system. Those values for the decimal system are 0–9 (with the digit 0 counting as one of the numbers), and for the binary system the values are 0–1. This section explains the binary numbering system. You will see ...

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