Addition in Other Bases

written by Teresa Carrigan

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This model demonstrates addition in any base from two to sixteen. It also illustrates the concept of overflow.



The arrow adds one column of digits at a time, starting with the right-most column. If the sum is too large to be a digit in that base, then the base is subtracted from the sum and the arrow carries a one to the next column. If the arrow holds a carry when all the columns are processed, then overflow occurs (assuming the number of digits is fixed).


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