Can anyone help me solve this? Converting to decimal from binary that is signed...so also using twos-compliment.

    + 01111111

Here is where it starts going wrong I think... Change the 1s/0s to 0s/1s and add 1

100010100 -> 011101011

+        1

$(2^0\times0)+(2^1\times0)+(2^2\times1)+(2^3\times1)+(2^4\times0)+(2^5\times1)+(2^6\times1)+(2^8\times1)+(2^9\times1)\Rightarrow 0+0+4+8+0+32+64+128+256 = 492$

But the correct answer is $20$ according to my book, idk how to get it any help?


You are using 8-bit two's complement binary representation. After adding the two 8-bit numbers, you should discard the bit that resulted from overflow, keeping only the last 8 bits. That is, the result of the addition is $00010100_{(2)} = 20_{(10)}$.

  • $\begingroup$ Ah okay I remember that now, thank you. $\endgroup$ – Carson Wood Sep 25 '15 at 13:36
  • $\begingroup$ Note that in this arithmetic it is possible that the sum of two positive numbers is negative and vice versa (due to overflow). But the sum of a positive and a negative number will always yield the correct result. $\endgroup$ – posilon Sep 25 '15 at 13:39

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