A number system is a system for expressing numbers that are the mathematical notation used for manipulating other countable things. The numbers are represented in different based systems in different situations. The decimal number system is used for human counting but not role in machines. Binary numbers are used in modern digital devices. Octal and Hexadecimal number systems are just packages of 4 binary bits. In computer science, we have to study four number systems. They are

- Binary Number System (0, 1) / Base or radix = 2
- Octal Number System (0 to 7) Base or radix = 8
- Decimal Number System (0 to 9) Base or radix = 10
- Hexadecimal Number System (0 to 9 and A to F) Base or radix = 16

The following table shows the number system equivalent to one another.

Binary | Octal | Decimal | Hexadecimal |

0000 | 0 | 0 | 0 |

0001 | 1 | 1 | 1 |

0010 | 2 | 2 | 2 |

0011 | 3 | 3 | 3 |

0100 | 4 | 4 | 4 |

0101 | 5 | 5 | 5 |

0110 | 6 | 6 | 6 |

0111 | 7 | 7 | 7 |

1000 | 10 | 8 | 8 |

1001 | 11 | 9 | 9 |

1010 | 12 | 10 | A |

1011 | 13 | 11 | B |

1100 | 14 | 12 | C |

1101 | 15 | 13 | D |

1110 | 16 | 14 | E |

1111 | 17 | 15 | F |

**Binary Number System:** Any number having a base or radix 2 and the number consists of 0 and 1 only are called binary number systems. E.g: 11102, 10012, 1110012

**Decimal Number System:** Any number having a base or radix 8 and the number consists of 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 are called octal number systems. E.g: 5638, 12358, 57368

**Decimal Number System:** Any number having a base or radix 10 and the numbers consists 0, 1, 2, ........ 9 are called decimal number system. E.g : 19610, 25810, 123610

**Hexadecimal Number System:** Any number having a base or radix 16 and the number consists 0, 1, 2, 3, ...... 9 and character consist A, B, C, D, E and F are called hexadecimal number system. Where A=10, B=11, C=13, D=14, E=15 and F=15. E.g : 25A16, 156B16, 9D16

**Binary Calculation**

The modern digital computer system performs every calculation in the form of binary format. They present 0 or 1, on or off, present and absent. It represents the status.

**1) Binary Addition: **

Binary addition is performed in a similar way to decimal addition.

Binary Addition | ||

X | Y | X+Y |

0 | 0 | 0 |

0 | 1 | 0 |

1 | 0 | 0 |

1 | 1 | 10 (With a carry of 1) |

Example: a) Add 11010_{2} + 1001_{2} b) 11110_{2} + 11101_{2}

**2) Binary Subtraction**

Binary subtraction, a similar method is adopted as in the decimal system

Binary Subtraction | ||

X | Y | X+Y |

0 | 0 | 0 |

0 | 1 | 1 (with a borrow of 1) |

1 | 0 | 1 |

1 | 1 | 0 |

Example : a) 10010 - 1011 b) 1101101 - 111101

**3) Binary Multiplication**

Binary multiplication is easier since there is no number as a "carry" value. The following rule is adopted in binary multiplication. The values are added column-wise as in binary addition.

Binary Multiplication | ||

X | Y | X+Y |

0 | 0 | 0 |

0 | 1 | 0 |

1 | 0 | 0 |

1 | 1 | 1 |

Example: a) 11101 x 111 b) 100011 x 110

**4) Binary Division**

Binary Division is similar to decimal division. If a number cannot be divided, put 0 to the quotient. If a division is possible put 1 to the quotient. Multiplication and subtraction are discussed in binary multiplication and binary subtraction.

Example: a) Divide 1011 by 11 b) 111 by 11

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