Questions tagged [number-system]

This tag is for all questions related to the teaching of number systems as embodied in programming languages.

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Creating a rubric for computer arithmetic

I'd like to move to mastery-based grading and have drafted a set of rubrics for my undergraduate computer architecture class. I am having trouble with the one for computer arithmetic, which includes ...
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How should floating point inaccuracies be explained and justified?

When I first started working with floating point arithmetic, issues like the one illustrated in the sample below both frustrated and confused me: ...
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The use of the Octal system

I was teaching the Octal number system and a student raised the question "Why should we use the octal number system, if we have binary and hexadecimal?" I was very confused, trying to explain the ...
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