Numbering Systems

Tutorial Description

This tutorial is designed to give scholars a better understanding of how the binary, decimal, and hexadecimal numbering systems work. It also includes instructions on how to convert a decimal value into its binary equivalent.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the tutorial the student will be able to:

  • Understand how binary numbers work
  • Understand how decimal numbers work
  • Understand how hexadecimal numbers work
  • Understand how to convert a decimal value into its binary equivalent
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In all fields of computer science you will need to know how various numbering systems work and how to convert values from one numbering system into the corresponding values in another numbering system. The most commonly used numbering systems used in computer science are:

Watch the video below to learn how numbering systems work. Then click on the Binary and Decimal links above to learn more about how the Binary numbering system is used to represent data and how to convert binary values to decimal values.

How Numbering Systems Work

This video demonstrates how numbering systems work. Running time 3:40.