In the electronic world, binary is the main building block.
Electronic circuits operate on two possibilities, they are either ON or
OFF. Understanding this is the basis of Binary. Without binary numbers,
modern electronics and computers would ultimately cease to exist. Binary
allows a computer to make a decision from input, and produce an output.
And from these decisions, today's electronic world was born.
A "1" in binary is evaluated as an ON. A "0" in binary is evaluated
as OFF. This value can also symbolize another meaning. Therefore, a "1"
in binary is also TRUE and "0" is FALSE. Through these values you get binary
logic, which allows a computer to actually "compute".
As you have already learned, each bit is the holder for the
value of a binary digit. These bits are grouped together to form a byte.
This creates a series of on/off switches that tell the computer what to
Have you ever wondered how to convert decimal numbers into
binary? Well here's your chance. Below is a simple tutorial, which will
educate you on how to convert decimal to binary. If you would rather use
a calculator, one has been provided in the Java section.
The calculator is designed to do everything. Built for computer
engineers, programmers and even Martians. This calculator converts in between
the 4 most important bases: binary, decimal, octal, and hexadecimal. It
also performs the 4 functions of a basic calculator: addition, subtraction,
division, and multiplication. Enjoy!
If you would like to skip this extra tutorial on converting decimal to
binary and vise versa, then please continue what I hope has been a fascinating
journey so far. Further your education of computers with the remaining
essential bases, in the section Other Bases.
Go learn how to convert to and from binary in the extra