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Homework Help: Bits, Bytes, transmission rates

  1. Nov 23, 2008 #1
    Problem :
    a) A good sized English book has about 100000 words. If an average English word is six characters long and each character needs 1 byte, show that the book can be stored in 600 kbyte of memory and show that the text takes nearly 5 seconds to be transmitted at 1 Mbit s-¹. Show that it takes nearly a quarter of an hour to transmit 100 images, each of 1Mbyte on a channel with a transmission rate of 1 Mbit s-¹.

    600000 X 8 =4800000 bits - text
    600 X 1024 X 8 =4915200 bits - available

    1Mbit = 1,000,000 bits = 125000 bytes
    600000/125000 = 4.8 seconds

    100Mbytes = 100,000,000 bytes / 1,000,000 bytes = 100???

    These attempts are total guesses. Can somebody please try and explain the proper solutions.
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  3. Nov 23, 2008 #2


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    The first one is a little ambiguous in that it says 6 characters per word. You might inquire of your instructor why it isn't 7 since every word needs a delimiter like a space or a period. But let's presume that 6 is the round number they want you to consider. So yes, you have more bits available than required.

    And yes, too on transmitting them in 4.8 seconds.

    For the last one simply use your transmission rate from 2).
    1*106 X 100/12.5*104 = 8*102 sec

    Divide by 60 and you should be getting close.
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