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created: 06/25/96; 2nd edition: 05/13/01; little bitty changes: 09/01/01; audio 12/06/03; slightly revised: 05/17/15


CHAPTER 3 — Bits and Bit Patterns

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Computers represent data and instructions with patterns of bits. You must become familiar with bit patterns! This chapter will help you. It discusses the fundamentals of bit patterns.

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In most computer documentation, 8 contiguous bits are called a byte. A bit holds a zero or a one, possibly representing the on/off condition of a switch.


QUESTION 1:

How many patterns can be formed with a single bit? (Hint: click on the switch!)