How to use a Binary Number System

In this post, we discuss how to use a binary number system. Binary math is a system that consists of counting that only uses numbers 1 and 0. This system can allow the user to solve complex math problems quickly.

How to a use Binary Number System

Binary math consists of using the binary numbers systems of counting, which only uses the numbers 1 and 0. The binary system has grown to become the foundation for computer technology and large numbers are used to send huge amounts of data. Learning the binary system helps you understand computers and is valuable in solving complex math problems. It is possible to teach yourself, or your child the binary system basics. The binary number system is becoming increasingly popular and is used in many secondary schools and undergraduate studies when teaching math. After some practice, you will get better at solving binary math problems, without using a calculator.

Grab a pen and piece of paper and write down the following sequence of numbers: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64. Note that each number is double the one before it. Memorize the number sequence up to 1,024.

Beginning with the number 1,024, write down the sequence in reverse order on a separate piece of paper. Allow ample space beneath the numbers to write the binary.

Select a number between 1 and 1,024. To make this number, use whatever number in the sequence that add up to this number. For example, you can make 200 by adding 8, 64, and 128. Write a 1 beneath these numbers and write a 0 beneath all the other numbers. Beginning with the first 1, you arrive at sequence 11001000. This is 200 in the binary system. Try it again with other numbers until it feels more natural and becomes easier.

Practicing the Binary Math System

Continue doing binary without writing the sequence out. After a little practice, it may be possible to calculate numbers less than 100 without using paper. However, calculating larger numbers will be more difficult, and writing the sequence down on paper may be necessary, but this method should be much quicker than traditional methods. It will be possible to calculate and make any number after learning the binary basics. Using a calculator while learning binary basics may be helpful, but it should not be relied on or it could hinder completely learning the method without the aid of a calculator or paper. Once comfortable with the binary system, solving math problems will be much simpler.

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