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Homework Help: Binary subtraction question using 2's complement method and an 8 BIT

  1. Oct 2, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    00001101 bin
    * 00001000 bin

    2. Relevant equations

    It's a binary subtraction question using 2's complement method and an 8 BIT register.There's no equation than,I guess.

    3. The attempt at a solution

    11111111 <--1's "carried over"
    00001101 bin
    * 00001000 bin
    + 1
    000000000 +
    + 00001101

    00000110 <----inversion of previous number

    I did all this but on my answer sheet it says that the answer is 00000101.Why is this?.
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  3. Oct 2, 2012 #2


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    It's not clear to me what you're doing here. When you want to calculate A-B, you find the two's complement of B and then add it to A. In this problem, that means you want to find the two's complement of 00001000, and then add that to 00001101.
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