Base Two

My oldest son is using Switched on Schoolhouse for his math (8th grade). Today's lesson was about Base Ten and Base Two. While I understand how to do Base Two, I don't grasp why anyone would ever use this. What is the real-life application of this system? (Base Ten is just our regular, Arabic numbering system.)

I realize that not every single thing I teach my kids will be used later in life, but I really do not get this. I went through the remainder of his entire 8th grade math and see nowhere else that this is ever used (other than the quiz & test that follow).

Anyone out there have a clue to this?

1 comment:

Leslie said...

A lot of the math learned in the uppergrades is really not used. Somethings are if you specialize in a mathematical career, but for most people, do you ever use Pie?

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