Number System Questions

By Aina Parasher|Updated : May 2nd, 2022

Here we will discuss some basic Number Systems questions. The Number system is one of the fundamental topics in Digital Electronics. Through this topic, we can understand how to represent information in different forms.  

In the perspective of Digital Electronics, the information can be stored, transferred, and converted in different forms as per the need of the user, to facilitate this there are different Number Systems that have a unique representation of their constituents. Here first we can discuss different types of Number Systems and some basic operations involving them. 

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Types of Number Systems

In general, there are several types of number systems that do exist, but the most commonly applicable ones are namely: 

  • Decimal Number System 
  • Binary Number System 
  • Octal Number System 
  • Hexadecimal Number System 

Every number system will have a unique base or radix which will account for the number of unique digits in the given Number System including digit zero. 

Decimal Number System

This is the most used number system. Also known as the Hindu-Arabic number system or Arabic number system. 

  • The radix or base of this system is 10, it constitutes the numbers 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 and 9. 

Binary Number System

  • The radix or base of this number system is 2 as it consists of two digits 0 and 1. 
  • For a given binary number each digit is known as a bit. Every binary number will consist of a sequence of bits, each of which is either 0 or 1. 

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The binary point is the point of separation between integer and fraction parts of the given binary number. Each bit carries weight in accordance with its position from the binary point. The decimal value of the above binary number can be evaluated as given below.  

Example: The binary numbers can be converted to a decimal numbers using the following method. 

Octal Number System

The radix or base of this number system is 8 as it consists of eight digits 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7. The octal to the decimal mapping of the given number can be done as shown below. 

 

Example: 

  

Hexadecimal Number System

The radix or base of this number system is 16. It consists of digits 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9, A, B, C, D, E, F. The hexadecimal to the decimal conversion of the given number can be done as shown below.  

 

Example: 

Model Questions

With this basic knowledge, we cannot solve all the questions from number systems, we need a deep emphasis to do so, but here our focus is to discuss some sample questions of number systems. This can help understand how questions are being asked in various exams like GATE and some PSU exams. 

Q1) What is the decimal equivalent of a binary number 110110? 

(a) 66  

(b) 48  

(c) 54  

(d) 69 

Solution: 

Given binary number 110110 

The decimal equivalent of the given number is 

={[(0×20)+(1×21)+(1×22)+(0×23)+(1×24)+(1×25)]}

=0+2+4+0+16+32=0+2+4+0+16+32

=54

Q.2) 2's complement representation of a 16-bit number (one sign bit and 15 magnitude bits) is FFFF Its magnitude in decimal representation is  

(a) 0  

(b) 1  

(c) 32,767  

(d) 65.535                                     

Solution: 

FFFF= 1111 1111 1111 1111 

2’s compliment of the above binary number = 0000 0000 0000 0001  

=1 

Hence the answer is option (b) 

Q.3) X, Y, and Z are the decimal integers corresponding to the 4-bit binary number 1010 considered in signed magnitude, 1's complement, and 2's complement representations, respectively. The 6-bit 2's complement representation of (X+ Y + Z) is 

(a) 111101 

(b) 110101 

(c) 110010 

(d) 110011 

Solution: 

The given binary number is 1010. 

X= signed magnitude= -2 

Y= 1’s compliment of 1010= 0101=-5 

Z=2’s compliment of 1010= 0110=-6 

X+Y+Z = -2-5-6 = -13 

X+Y+Z in 6 digit = 001101 

Its 1’s compliment= 110010 

2’s compliment=110011. 

Q.4) A new Binary Coded Pentary (BCP) number system is proposed in which every digit of a base-5 number is represented by its corresponding 3-bit binary code. For example, the base-5 number 24 will be represented by its BCP code 010100. In this numbering system, the BCP code 100010011001 corresponds to the following number in the base-5 system. 

(a) 423 

(b) 1324 

(c) 2201 

(d) 4231 

Solution: 

Given BCP code = 100010011001 = 100 010 011 001 = 4231. 

Q.5) What is the hexadecimal equivalent of a binary number 110010100010101? 

(a) AD23

(b) CA15

(c) 12AD

(d) FAB1

Solution: 

Given number 1100101000010101 = 1100 1010 0001 0101 = CA15. 

Q.6) The range of signed decimal numbers that can be represented by 6-bit 1’s complement number is  

(a) -31 to +31 

(b) -63 to +63 

(c) -64 to +63 

(d) -32 to +31  

Solution:

The range of signed decimal numbers that can be represented by n-bit 1’s complement number is = −(2n−1−1) to+(2n−1−1)  −2n−1−1 to+2n−1−1  

Given n=6

⇒⇒ −(25−1)  to (25−1) 

= -31 to + 31. 

Hence Option (a) is correct. 

Q.7) Decimal 108 in hexadecimal and BCD number system is respectively 

(a) 6C, 000100001000 

(b) FC, 100010100011 

(c) 9D, 110111100001 

(d) E2, 100111001011 

Solution: 

The given decimal number is 108. 

⇒ ⇒ Hexadecimal equivalent 

16 

108 

 

 

 

Hexadecimal equivalent = 6C 

BCD equivalent: (108)10=(0001 0000 1000)BCD(108)10=(0001 0000 1000) BCD.

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FAQs

  • Basically there are four types of number systems that found an extensive application in digital electronics they are namely 

    1. Decimal Number System 
    2. Binary Number System 
    3. Octal Number System 
    4. Hexadecimal Number System. 
  • Every number system will have a unique base or radix which will account for the number of unique digits in the given number system including digit zero. 

  • In general, we need the information to be stored, transferred, and convert into different forms in digital processing, this can be possible with the help of number systems in encoding and decoding the data. 

  • For a given binary number each digit is known as a bit. Every binary number in a number system will consist of a sequence of bits, each of which is either 0 or 1. 

  • The binary numbers can be converted to a decimal number using the following method. 

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