Representing Data Binary

What is Binary?

Binary is the language for computers that contain 1's and 0's. It uses 1's and 0's because electricity only has two states, ON or OFF which then passes through the circuits of the computer. Also, it makes it easier for the computer to understand the what it is supposed to do.

What does binary look like?

Binary looks like 1's and 0's. However, if we put it into a table, we can start to make numbers. For example, if you were to use 4 digit binary, the biggest number you can make is 15 and the numbers in binary go up in base 2 so the numbers in our table would be 1,2,4 and 8. The table would look like: 8 I 4 I 2 I 1. So if we had binary that looked like 1010, the answer would be 10 because 2+8 is 10. This also occurs in 8 digit binary. For example:


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