Students need to understand:
  • why data is represented in computer systems in binary form
  • how data needs to be converted into a binary format to be processed by a computer.

Choose from the following to help you learn:


CAMBRIDGE Computer Science:  
Pages 126-128. Sections "Why binary?" and "Binary data".
ROBSON & HEATHCOTE Computer Science (9-1):
Page 134, top half in section "8.1 Storage units and binary numbers".
SUSAN ROBSON GCSE Computing(3rd edition): 
Page 9, just the paragraph on binary.
SUSAN ROBSON GCSE Computing(2012): 
Page 9, just the paragraph on binary.Page 9, just the paragraph on binaryPage 9, just the paragraph on binary.
AXSIED GCSE Computer Science (3rd edition)
Page 119. Section R60 "Binary"
ROUSE & O'BYRNE GCSE(9-1) Computer Science:
Page 146-147. Section "Data representation..." continues onto top of Page 147. 

Web Sites

BBC Bitesize: Page 1 and the first paragraph of Page 2, Units also top of Page 1 Why data is represented in binary form
Cambridge MOOC: Section 31: Binary format 
Wikipedia: Binary codeCurrent uses of binary and Binary number (3 articles) 
Simple Wikipedia: Binary and section 'Computers'  
Teach-ICT: Just the section explaining why computers use binary


ComputerScienceTutor: Watch from 0:10 to 2:40 
MrMDKnight"Why computers use binary", watch all   
James May: 
"What is binary", watch all 
Part A (Binary format) watch all 
Part A (Binary format) watch all  

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