Updated on March 15, 2013

Have you heard about binary? It's a way of number writing.

One may not detect the number from their first binary sighting.

Its made up of many zeros and also many ones.

The number of combinations you can make are infinite, there are tons.

Since the place values, as they go left, start from one and double,

It's different from normal numbers and gives many people trouble.

The first place is one, then there's two, then four.

The third place is 8, then 16, and there's more

So if there's a one in the one's place then it's one.

And if there's a zero in that place, then it's none

For the two's place if there's a one there it's a two

And if the one's place is zero, then it stays true.

But if the one's place is one too, it's three.

And this is how the rules are supposed to be.

For the people who find this concept complicated and confusing,

Don't worry, it's mainly only used for computer programming and using.

But an easier way to learn is to use examples to learn from,

So to make this binary thing simpler, here are some.

1 is one. One is in the ones place.

10 is two. One is in the two's place.

11 is three. One is in the two's and one's place. 2+1=3

1001010 is 74. One is in the sixty-fourth's, eight's, and two's place. 64+8+2=74

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formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

Thanks. My son is a clever one.

• Rob Welsh 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Nice one! ( 1 ) Excellent and easy way to look at what is often perceived as being ( 10 ) hard! Cool poem... thank you for sharing this interesting hub...

• j-matlock 5 years ago from Somewhere.

Ha! Hats off to your son then. Well done either way, it was quite enjoyable. Who knew it would take a poem to get me to learn binary. Thanks for sharing.

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formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

Thanks, Rebeccamealey. I cannot take credit. My son wrote this poem.

• Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What a cool poem about numbers. You must have quite a mathematical mind!

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