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Number Systems

The two digital states can be given various names: ON/OFF, true/false, high/low, 1/0, etc.. The 1 and 0 notation naturally leads to the use of binary (base 2) numbers. Octal (base 8) and hexadecimal (base 16) numbers are also used since they provide a condensed number notation. Decimal (base 10) numbers are not of much use in digital electronics.

Doug Gingrich
Tue Jul 13 16:55:15 EDT 1999