Number Systems

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Hexadecimal

What
is the purpose of this number system, and what are its distinctive features?

Hexadecimal
is a number system with the base of 16. It is used as a short hand for binary
numbers, allowing binary system to be expressed in fewer characters. The
distinctive features of hexadecimal system are that it uses sixteen symbols. In
most cases, the values zero to nine is represented by the symbols 0-9 and the
values ten to fifteen is represented by the symbols A,B,C,D,E,F.

Explain
where and how this number system is used today.

The
hexadecimal number system is now broadly used by computer systems designers and
programmers. In order to represent these hexadecimal constants in computing
languages, different notations are used. In addition to this, this number
system is also used in tradition Chinese units for weight.

What
are the advantages and disadvantages of this number system?

The
advantage of this number system is that it is very easy to convert between
binary number and hexadecimal numbers and it allows binary numbers to be
expressed in fewer symbols. The disadvantage of this number system is since it
is not a base of 10 system, it causes errors to be made as it is a system with
a base of 16.

 

Egyptian
Number System

What
is the purpose of this number system, and what are its distinctive features?

The
Egyptian Number System was used for a wide variety of occasions, theses
included, measuring time, straight lines, the level of the Nile floodings,
calculating areas of land, counting money, working out taxes and cooking. In
this system, it uses a base of 10 and the numbers are changed into hieroglyphic
writings. This allowed numbers up to 1,000,000 to be expressed this way. In
addition, there were also special signs for every power of 10. For example, the
symbol for 1000 is a lotus flower.

Explain
where and how this number system is used today.

This
ancient number is no longer in use today.

What
are the advantages and disadvantages of this number system?

The
advantage of this system was it allowed the Egyptians to be able to express
their numbers easier to add, subtract, divide or multiply. The disadvantage of
this system is that it can only go up to 1,000,000 and it required a lot of
space and time to write out numbers.

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