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My first test was to convert -10 decimal to binary, and this gave an error message saying that '-' was not a decimal digit. There was no note on the tool itself that negative numbers were not allowed. The tutorial didn't mention this restriction either.
After testing the quiz system, I agree with the previous reviewer who found it very elementary: it does not include any particularly effective feedback or opportunity to learn from errors, and there's no obvious reason for not reusing the "Explanation" functionality from the conversion tool itself to explain how the correct answer is obtained, instead of just displaying it when the student gives up.
The look-and-feel of the tutorial part, at least, could stand considerable improvement also, especially use of a grid to display the positional notation.
The whole system appears to be very much a "quick and dirty" implementation of the easiest part of number conversion. It needs considerable improvement in functionality, content, and documentation--both the tutorial and the user documentation--to be suitable for the intended audience.
I doubt that those who gave a high rating for this tool had checked many other such tools--though perhaps there weren't so many on the web when they did their assessments as there are now. There is now no need to use such an elementary converter, or to settle for such an elementary "tutorial."
10 years ago
Dr. Judy Ann Serwatka
This site goes beyond some of the other conversion sites I've seen in that it actually gives the conversion formula. It works well, and would be a good teaching tool to use in a classroom environment.
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11 years ago
Excellent tool. I am currently working with base conversions and found this tool to be very useful. The only limitations I found with the tool was its' inability to convert anything with a base larger than 16. This tool is definately helpful with its' explanations on how the conversions work.
11 years ago
Ecellent tool. I liked everything from the layout, to the functionality of the tool. Very nice. Definitely a good learning tool.
11 years ago
I'm a student at TSUM in Alabama. We recently covered numbering system conversions in class and I spent time using this site to check some of the work I was assigned. The site was very helpful in checking some of the larger numbers. I feel this site will prove very useful to both teachers and students. The site is very user friendly.