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Digital Literacy Computer Basics Computer Basics Data

What binary number represents off?

binary numbers representing on and off

2 Answers

Greg Kaleka
Greg Kaleka
39,021 Points

I'll give you a hint: it's either 0 or 1 :).

I'd recommend watching the lesson video again. If you didn't pick up on that, you probably missed some other stuff too.



Steven Parker
Steven Parker
227,126 Points

In actual practice it's actually not completely just one way or the other. We know there's only two binary values, 0 and 1, but a system designer can designate either to represent on, and the other for off. I have worked with systems that do it both ways.

However, the generally accepted convention is to use 0 to represent off, and 1 to represent on. It's a good bet that this convention will be observed in nearly any kind of general-purpose training to avoid confusion. The same would hold for the convention of using 0 to represent false and 1 to represent true.

Still, I have to agree with Greg in that what's most important for the purpose of answering the course challenge is what the instructor tells you represents off in the video.