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Number Bases

Counting in different bases can seem frightening but we use it all the time. Many people are comfortable with weights expressed in pounds and ounces. As there are 14 ounces to the pound this is an example of counting in base 14.

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Other Bases

Can you think of any time you might use base 60?

The answer is in the question. Time uses base 60 as there are 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour. Time uses other bases too. There are 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week. Most people have no problem with counting using these bases - it is simply a matter of practise.Check your answer

Before going on to the next topic ask yourself the following question:

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Computer Counting

How many fingers does a computer have to count with?

Computers don't have fingers!Check your answer

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