Multiplying in Bases Greater Than 10
Date: 10/13/2002 at 07:17:58 From: Christal Subject: Multiplying using bases greater than 10 I need to know how to multiply and divide by bases greater than 10. I searched the archives and when it comes to multiplication and addition, all I see is problems worked out in bases smaller than 10. I'm really stuck on how to figure out double digit bases. I would appreciate your help.
Date: 10/13/2002 at 23:23:20 From: Doctor Peterson Subject: Re: Multiplying using bases greater than 10 Hi, Christal. There is no difference between bases larger and smaller than ten, except that you need extra symbols. For example, in base 16 we use 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,A,B,C,D,E,F as our digits. To multiply, you use the same methods you use in base ten, but just need a different multiplication table. Here is an example: 2B * A4 ---- AC <-- 2B * 4 1AE <-- 2B * A ---- 1B8C <-- sum To multiply B by 4, if you don't have a table you have to convert to decimal and back: B is 11, times 4 is 44, which is 2C in base 16; so I wrote the C and carried the 2. Then I multiplied 2 by 4, giving 8, and added to 2, giving A. The only thing here that you would not have needed to do in base 8, say, is converting the B to 11, which is just the meaning of the digit. If you have any further questions, feel free to write back. - Doctor Peterson, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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