Binary Decimal

Binary numbers are easy to calculate and perform numerical computation. A computer understands binary numbers which are in form of bits of 0 and 1 and performs all the arithmetic and logical calculations using these binary digits. We though decipher numbers in decimal format a computer understands binary therefore a computer converts decimal numbers to binary and then perform the calculations and then again the binary results are converted to decimal for the user to understand and interpret.

There are various methods through which we can convert a binary number to decimal yet the most simple format or method is by placing the decimal numbers in a table which corresponds to the binary equivalent. To elaborate a table is drawn from left to right in the form of power of digit 2 starting with 1. So the right most column of the table has the digit 1 and then to its left the digit 2 then follows 4, 8, 16, 32, and 64 and so on and so forth.

Just beneath this decimal number table we then place the binary numbers. The decimal number which corresponds to 1 is written separately and the decimal number which corresponds to 0 is dropped. Then the total of all the decimal numbers is made to finally find the decimal number for the binary digit.

Let us further explain this with an example.

Say we have to convert a binary digit 10001110 into decimal.

For this conversion first we would place all the binary digits into a table.

1286432168421
10001110

So here we observe that first we begin from the extreme right of the binary digit 10001110 and we take 0 and place it to the extreme right of the table corresponding to 1. Then we take the next binary digit 1 and place it corresponding to 2, and then we again take 1 and place it beneath 4 and continue this sequence till we place the beginning digit of the binary and place it corresponding to 128.

Now the next step would be to consider all those decimal numbers which correspond to 1 of the binary digit series.

In this example the decimal numbers which correspond to binary digits are;

128, 8, 4 and 2.

Rest all the numbers correspond to binary 0 so we do not consider them.

Now to find the binary equivalent of the binary digit 10001110, we would finally add the four decimal numbers we selected from the conversion table.

128+8+4+2 = 142

So it can be finally deduced that the binary equivalent of 10001110 will be 142.

Thus it is very clear from this example that to convert a binary digit into a decimal number format is very simple and convenient. All the user has to do is to place the binary number into the conversion table and ascertain the value for each binary digit. The decimal number which corresponds to 1 is selected and the decimal number which corresponds to 0 is dropped.