What is binary?
Binary is a set of 1s and 0s used to represent different numerical values, called decimals, or even different voltages or polarities: 1 for a positive or on state, and 0 for a negative or off state.
Each binary digit is called a bit. 8 bits make a byte.
How is binary read?
In order to read binary, it must first be determined for what purpose the binary numbers are being used. Are they going to represent numbers? Voltages? Polarities?
Let's assume the purpose is to represent a number. In order to read the 1s and 0s, a conversion must take place. This conversion changes the binary numbers to the decimal number that is being represented.
Binary numbers can even be converted to hexadecimal numbers which then allows for a conversion to ASCII, a system that represents text. Binary can be used to create words.
Match the following terms
1 bitA single binary number
1 byte8 binary numbers
True or False
- Binary can be used to represent words.