# Modulo 2 Arithmetic

Updated on May 22, 2011

## Introduction

These notes describe how to go about modulo 2 addition, subtraction and division.

## Modulo 2 Arithmetic

Modulo 2 arithmetic is performed digit by digit on binary numbers. Each digit is considered independently from its neighbours. Numbers are not carried or borrowed.

Modulo 2 addition is performed using an exclusive OR (xor) operation on the corresponding binary digits of each operand. The following table describes the xor operation:

```    A  B  A xor B
0  0     0
0  1     1
1  0     1
1  1     0
```

We can add two binary numbers, X and Y as follows:

```    (X) 10110100
(Y) 00101010 +
--------
(Z) 10011110
```

## Subtraction

Modulo 2 subtraction provides the same results as addition. This can be illustrated by adding the numbers X and Z from the addition example.

```    (X) 10110100
(Z) 10011110 -
--------
(Y) 00101010
```

The addition example shows us that X + Y = Z so Y = Z - X.

However, the subtraction example shows us that Y = Z + X.

As neither Z nor X is zero, the addition and subtraction operators must behave in the same way.

## Division

Modulo 2 division can be performed in a manner similar to arithmetic long division. Subtract the denominator (the bottom number) from the leading parts of the enumerator (the top number). Proceed along the enumerator until its end is reached. Remember that we are using modulo 2 subtraction. For example, we can divide 100100111 by 10011 as follows:

```             10001 remainder 100
----------
10011|100100111
10011
10111
10011
100

```

This has the effect that X/Y = Y/X. For example:

```             1 remainder 1011
------
11001|10010
11001
1011

1 remainder 1011
------
10010|11001
10010
1011

```

## References:

• A.S. Tanenbaum (1996). Computer Networks. Prentice Hall ISBN 0-13-394248-1. See section 3.2.2.

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• Shim

4 years ago

How about modulo 2 multiplication?

• Debrah

4 years ago

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• Raj

5 years ago

Thanks explained very well

• Alphonce

5 years ago

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• Goht

6 years ago

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Stewart Smith

6 years ago from UK

Ogi,

Your example performs a Binary Addition. The example I give is of Modulo 2 Addition. As the article says, Modulo 2 Addition performs the XOR operation on each column, no carry is performed.

I hope this helps.

• Ogi

6 years ago

(X) 10110100

(Y) 00101010 +

(Z) 10011110 -wrong

(Z) 11011110 -correct

• gul khan

7 years ago

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• arfname

7 years ago

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• hassan

7 years ago

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• Jesinth

8 years ago

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• vick

8 years ago

nice work, unrelated question though

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• felixdolot3

8 years ago

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