## Wednesday, August 5, 2015

### Converting from Base 10 to Base 8 Problems

Category: Arithmetic

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Convert 987 into Base 8.

Solution:

The given number which is 987
is written in Base 10. 987 can also be written as 98710. If you don't see any subscript at the given number, then that number is written in Base 10. Base 10 number is also called decimal system.  The digits of Base 10 number are 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9. Base 10 number is a common number that we are using right now in everyday life.

On the other hand, Base 8 number is a number whose digits are 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. If you see a subscript of 8 at the given number, then that number is written in Base 8. Base 8 number is also called octal system.

Now, let's convert
987 into Base 8. How? Let's divide 987 by 8 as follows:

987 ÷ 8 = 123 + R(3)

Next, let's divide the quotient, which is 123, as follows:

987 ÷ 8 = 123 + R(3)
123 ÷ 8 =   15 + R(3)

Do the same thing with 15 until the quotient is 0 as follows:

987 ÷ 8 = 123 + R(3)
123 ÷ 8 =   15 + R(3)

15 ÷ 8 =     1 + R(7)
1 ÷ 8 =     0 + R(1)

The remainders will be the digits of Base 8 number. Use the digits of the remainders from bottom to top. Therefore,

987
= 17338