SECTION I-4: Hexadecimal Number System

Base 16, or the Hexadecimal system is used as a convenient representation of binary numbers. It is much easier for a human being to represent a string of 0s and 1s such as 100010010110 as its Hexadecimal equivalent of 896H. The binary system has two digits 0 and 1. The base 10 system has 10 digits, 0 through 9. The Hexadecimal, base 16, system has 16 digits. In base 16, the first 10 digits 0 to 9, are the same as in decimal, and for the remaining 6 digits, the letters A, B, C, D, E, and F are used. The Hexadecimal number system is demonstrated below.

Decimal Binary Hex
0 0000 0
1 0001 1
2 0100 2
3 0011 3
4 0010 4
5 0101 5
6 0110 6
7 0111 7
8 1000 8
9 1001 9
10 1010 A
11 1011 B
12 1100 C
13 1101 D
14 1110 E
15 1111 F

 

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