September 29th, 2007, 08:04 PM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2007 Posts: 2,140 Thanks: 0  Binary Numbers
Does computers read binary numbers (0's and 1's)? If then, where? How does this process work? Thanks, J. 
September 30th, 2007, 06:00 AM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 1,111 Thanks: 0 
In positive logic: 1 = high voltage 0 = low voltage The reverse is true in negative logic. The computer can then feed these voltages through transistors which are hooked together to form logic gates. The logic gates can be configured to add, subtract, multiply, divide, etc. The logic gates all operate in Boolean algebraic logic. For instance, in Boolean Algebra, 1+1+1+1 = 1. Any number of 1's added together makes a 1. 
September 30th, 2007, 10:49 AM  #3 
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms 
Gosh, so many answers. There's the cache, the RAM, magnetic media like hard drives, optical media like CDs and DVDs, tape media, and networks like the WWW... each encodes information differently.

September 30th, 2007, 05:11 PM  #4  
Global Moderator Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 20,942 Thanks: 2210  Quote:
 
October 2nd, 2007, 05:47 PM  #5 
Senior Member Joined: Apr 2007 Posts: 2,140 Thanks: 0 
Well, I want to know how binary works in a computer. I've learned the basics of it, like how the gates and flipflops work with the 0's and 1's (which is the Boolean logic). I want to know a little bit more information on binary. I was also curious how the hexadecimal process works.

October 3rd, 2007, 04:06 AM  #6  
Global Moderator Joined: Nov 2006 From: UTC 5 Posts: 16,046 Thanks: 938 Math Focus: Number theory, computational mathematics, combinatorics, FOM, symbolic logic, TCS, algorithms  Quote:
Do you know about RAM refresh and the like? Where should we start?  
October 18th, 2007, 10:29 AM  #7 
Senior Member Joined: Oct 2007 From: Chicago Posts: 1,701 Thanks: 3 
Really, this is a very broad topic... All of Computer Engineering is about this concept. I'd recommend looking into computer engineering degrees for college. Also, you've expressed interest in CompSci research, so I'd recommend looking into a dual CPE/CS program somewhere. I was going to do that at one point... 

Tags 
binary, numbers 
Thread Tools  
Display Modes  

Similar Threads  
Thread  Thread Starter  Forum  Replies  Last Post 
binary numbers  mhhojati  Number Theory  3  November 5th, 2013 10:04 PM 
Binary Multiplication of two 1024bit numbers  prakha  Applied Math  1  April 25th, 2013 09:08 AM 
Coding Theory & Binary Numbers  Jet1045  Number Theory  3  February 12th, 2013 05:47 AM 
binary numbers between two points of a 9 number line  Tylerman  Applied Math  3  February 13th, 2012 12:14 AM 
I need some help on binary, hexadecimal and decimal numbers!  johnny  Computer Science  2  October 13th, 2007 02:00 PM 