Binary Representations

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Computer Science 101
Binary Systems
Humans
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Decimal Numbers (base 10)
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Sign-Magnitude (-324)
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Decimal Fractions (23.27)
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Letters for text
Computers
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Binary Numbers (base 2)
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Two’s complement and sign-magnitude
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Binary fractions and floating point
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ASCII codes for characters (A65)
Why binary?
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Information is stored in computer via voltage
levels.
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Using decimal would require 10 distinct and
reliable levels for each digit.
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This is not feasible with reasonable reliability and
financial constraints.
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Everything in computer is stored using binary:
numbers, text, programs, pictures, sounds, videos,
...
How can that be?
Everything in computer is
numbers, text, programs,
...
 Everything in computer is
numbers, text, programs,
...
 Everything in computer is
numbers, text, programs,
...
 Everything in computer is
numbers, text, programs,
...
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stored using binary:
pictures, sounds, videos,
stored using binary:
pictures, sounds, videos,
stored using binary:
pictures, sounds, videos,
stored using binary:
pictures, sounds, videos,
Transistor
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A transistor is an electronic switch
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Basic unit of modern computer storage
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Two steady states based on voltage levels
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Say, 500 million transistors on a chip 1 cm2
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Change states in billionth of sec
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Solid state
Morse Code
Morse Code Tree
Decimal: Non-negatives
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Base 10
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Uses decimal digits: 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Positional System - position gives power of
the base
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Example:
3845 = 3x103 + 8x102 + 4x101 + 5x100
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Positions:
…543210
Binary: Non-negatives
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Base 2
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Uses binary digits (bits): 0,1
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Positional system
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Example:
1101 = 1x23 + 1x22 + 0x21 + 1x20
Conversions
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External
(Human)
25
A
Internal
(Computer)
11001
01000001
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Humans want to see and enter numbers in
decimal.
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Computers must store and compute with
bits.
Binary to Decimal Conversion
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Algorithm:
• Expand binary number using positional
scheme.
• Perform computation using decimal arithmetic.
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Example:
110012  1x24 + 1x23 + 0x22 + 0x21 + 1x20
= 24 + 23 + 20
= 16 + 8 + 1
= 2510
Decimal to Binary - Algorithm 1
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Algorithm:
While N  0 do
Set N to N/2 (whole part)
Record the remainder (1 or 0)
end-of-loop
Set A to remainders in reverse order
Decimal to binary - Example
Example: Convert 32410 to binary
N
Rem
N Rem
324
162
0
5
0
81
0
2
1
40
1
1
0
20
0
0
1
10
0
 32410 = 1010001002
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Decimal to Binary - Algorithm 2
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Algorithm:
Set A to 0 (all bits 0)
While N  0 do
Find largest P with 2P  N
Set bit in position P of A to 1
Set N to N - 2P
end-of-loop
Decimal to binary - Example
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Example: Convert 32410 to binary
N
Power
P
A
324
68
4
0
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256
64
4
32410 = 1010001002
8
6
2
100000000
101000000
101000100
Binary Addition
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One bit numbers:
+
0
1
0 | 0
1
1 | 1 10
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Example
1111 1
110101 (53)
+ 101101 (45)
1100010 (98)
Octal Numbers
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Base 8
Digits 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7
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Number does not have so many digits as
binary
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Easy to convert to and from binary
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Often used by people who need to see the
internal representation of data, programs,
etc.
Octal Conversions
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Octal to Binary
• Simply convert each octal digit to a three bit
binary number.
• Example:
5368 = 101 011 1102
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Binary to Octal
• Starting at right, group into 3 bit sections
• Convert each group to an octal digit
• Example
110111111010102 = 011 011 111 101 010
= 337528
Hexadecimal
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Base 16
Digits 0,…,9,A,B,C,D,E,F
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Hexadecimal  Binary
• Just like Octal, only use 4 bits per digit.
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Example:
98C316 = 1001 1000 1100 00112
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Example
110100111010112 = 0011 0100 1110 1011
= 34EB
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