Created 12/09/02; edits 11/19/14, 08/02/2020

Quiz on Binary Fractions

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1. In the decimal fraction 12.345 what power of 10 is the digit 5 associated with?

A.    -3
B.    -2
C.    -1
D.    1

2. In the binary fraction 10.001 what power of 2 is the rightmost bit associated with?

A.    -3
B.    -2
C.    1
D.    -1

3. Express 1 + 4/10 + 3/100 using base 10 positional notation.

A.    1.043
B.    143.00
C.    1.43
D.    0.143

4. Express 1 + 1/2 + 0/4+ 1/8 using base 2 positional notation.

A.    1.11
B.    1.011
C.    11.1
D.    1.101

5. What is 2-1 ? (Express the answer in base 10)

A.    1/2
B.    1/4
C.    1/8
D.    2

6. Write 1.012 as a base 10 expression.

A.    1.125
B.    1.25
C.    1.5
D.    1.625

7. Say that the following is a four bit binary fixed-point expression and that the point is fixed between the middle two bits.


What value does it represent? (Write the answer in decimal.)

A.    10.75
B.    2.3
C.    2.75
D.    1.625

8. Here is another four bit binary fixed-point expression with the point fixed between the middle two bits.


What value does it represent? (Write the answer in decimal.)

A.    1.25
B.    2.2
C.    1.625
D.    0.25

9. Perform the following addition of fixed-point binary operands using the Binary Addition Algorithm. Assume that the binary point is in the middle. What value does the sum represent?

A.    1100 represents 1210
B.    0110 represents 1.510
C.    1100 represents 3.510
D.    1100 represents 310

10. A method that uses only four bits can represent only 16 values. This is described as a limit on its ________.

A.    Accuracy
B.    Precision
C.    Magnitude
D.    Resolution

11. Which one of the following statments is true?

A.    Computer arithmetic is so precise that if the input values are correct, all calculations will be accurate.
B.    Computer arithmetic is always much more precise than an ordinary electronic calculator.
C.    Even when using double precision floating point it is easy for errors in a calculation to accumulate until the result is meaningless.
D.    Sixty-four bits of precision is more than anyone could ever want.

12. The number 0.625 is here represented as a decimal fraction. Multiply it by two. Copy the one's place digit of the result to the beginning of a binary fraction.

What is the first bit after the binary point of the binary fraction that represents 0.625?

A.    0.1
B.    0.0
C.    1.1
D.    2.0

13. After multiplying 0.625 by two and dropping the one's place digit you are left with 0.25. Multiply this by two and copy the one's place digit of the result to the binary fraction. What is the binary fraction so far?

A.    0.11
B.    0.10
C.    1.01
D.    0.01

14. The number you are working on now looks like: 0.5. Repeat the above process to complete the binary fraction. The number 0.625 represented as a binary fraction is:

A.    0.111
B.    1.011
C.    0.110
D.    0.101

15. Represent the decimal fraction 0.375 as a binary fraction.

A.    0.11
B.    0.111
C.    0.011
D.    0.001

16. Which of the following binary fractions is an approximation to the decimal fraction 0.8?

A.    0.11001
B.    0.10101
C.    0.11010
D.    0.0111

17. If you know how many times a loop should execute, the loop control variable should be:

A.    float
B.    double
C.    boolean
D.    int

18. Say that you have a while loop that uses a conditional expression that involves floating point variables. Which one of the following comparison operators should not be used in the conditional expression?

A.    ==
B.    >
C.    <
D.    <=

19. Which one of the following decimal fractions cannot be represented accurately using a binary fraction?

A.    0.5
B.    0.0
C.    0.1
D.    0.125

20. Most programs that do floating point calculations should use variables of what type?

A.    double
B.    float
C.    single
D.    real

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