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Computer Number Base Conversion Program

A computer uses four basic bases when storing data.  These are Binary, Octal, Decimal, and Hexadecimal.  In various fields of computer science, technology, and engineering; it is essential to be able to convert between these different bases in the interest of being as efficient as possible.  This website uses Java to allow a user to put a number in one of the four bases, they then can select what base they want it converted into.  The user will get a step-by-step set of instructions showing how the base was converted.  It is done in such a simple way; that middle school children taking their first computer classes will have little problem understanding how it works.  Even those new to computers will be able to use the site with little difficulty. The browser requirements are having Java installed.

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Brian Mulligan
Brian Mulligan (Faculty)
11 years ago
This is a useful practice tool. The student needs to have number conversion explained before using it. It would certainly be useful for the serious student who genuinely wants to learn how these techniques, however I would have a concern that a less serious student might just use it for an assignment without trying to understand it. (But then they could probably use a calculator for this too).
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