Binary 3- Bits and Bytes and Nybbles, Oh My!



Computers think only in binary, using only ones and zeroes. However, just a one or zero, called a "bit", will not give enough information for a computer to do anything useful with. We string together 8 bits to get a binary number that will give us 256 possible numbers, enough to do something useful with.

Lesson Time

150 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (1)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will be able to understand how decimal numbers can be represented in binary with only bits of ones and zeroes.
  • Students will understand the concept of a "byte" and how it is important to the computer industry.
  • Students will be able to convert decimal numbers into binary.
  • Students will be able to convert binary numbers into decimal.
  • Students will understand why a byte of information cannot have a value over 255.

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