September 29th, 2007, 08:04 PM  #1 
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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 
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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 
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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  
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October 2nd, 2007, 05:47 PM  #5 
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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  
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Do you know about RAM refresh and the like? Where should we start?  
October 18th, 2007, 10:29 AM  #7 
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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... 

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