Category Archives: Binary

What are floating point errors? [Answered]

Computers are not always as accurate as we think. They do very well at what they are told to do and can do it very fast. But in many cases, a small inaccuracy can have dramatic consequences. A very well-known problem is floating point errors. Floating point numbers have limitations on how accurately a number … Continue reading What are floating point errors? [Answered] →

Why do computers use binary numbers? [Answered]

We all know what decimal numbers are: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc. However, many other numeral systems exist and you might have heard about or seen others, like hexadecimal numbers (for example: 3F2B) or binary numbers (for example: 10101011), which may seem cryptic and meaningless. These hexadecimal or binary numbers can easily be converted … Continue reading Why do computers use binary numbers? [Answered] →

What does a Binary Number really mean?

In our previous post, we examined what binary numbers are, focusing primarily on what they look like.  Now, let’s delve further into what it really means to be a binary number. Before,we try to understand this, we need to make sure that you understand how ‘regular’ numbers work.  Look at the math problem below. What … Continue reading What does a Binary Number really mean? →