We communicate with numbers, images, and text. How does the computer represent this information? In this lab, you will learn about the basics of digitizing data for the computer.
Before you take this lab, make sure you have already completed Big Picture of the Computing Machine. This is part 2 of Understanding How the Computer Works series.
What You Will Learn
In this lab, you will learn about data and information representations that the computer understands. These include:
- Numbering systems including Binary (you know those 1s and 0s that make up things like KB, MB, GB, TB, etc.)
- Hexadecimal (hum, you know what CSS hex colors use)
- Text representations with ASCII and Unicode
- How computers see images
This lab will turn on so many light bulbs for you. Finally, you will get to understand what the computer needs to process information and data.
Don’t repeat yourself. Don’t repeat yourself. Don’t repeat yourself.
Total Lab Runtime: 02:59:07
- 1 Lab Introductionfree 03:56
- 2 Electronics “on” and “off” Statesfree 12:11
- 3 Symbol to Represent Quantityfree 14:26
- 4 Number System for Statefree 12:44
- 5 Binary – Combining 1s and 0sfree 19:25
- 6 Improving Binary Representationfree 13:45
- 7 The Age of 16 Bit and Hexadecimalfree 15:15
- 8 Binary Additionfree 03:59
- 9 Negative Integer Data Representation - Part 1free 10:06
- 10 Negative Integer Data Representation - Part 2free 18:42
- 11 Real Number Data Representation - Part 1free 17:12
- 12 Real Number Data Representation - Part 2free 10:18
- 13 Textual Data Representationfree 08:47
- 14 Digital Image Data Representationfree 18:21