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Homework Help: Boolean Algebra Simplification

  1. Jun 3, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    [itex]R=(A \cdot \overline{B})+(\overline{A} \cdot B)[/itex]​

    Using Boolean algebra, including the complement relation [itex]D\cdot \overline{D}=0[/itex], convert R to a form that uses one NAND, one AND and one OR gate (a total of three gates).

    2. Relevant equations

    de Morgan's theorem...

    [itex]\overline{A \cdot B}=\overline{A} + \overline{B}[/itex]

    3. The attempt at a solution

    By some trial and error I arrived at this;


    And then using the second of de Morgan's equations on the first OR I got to this;

    [itex]\overline{A\cdot B}\cdot(A+B)[/itex]

    Which works as a solution, it has one NAND, one AND and one OR, however, I can't just skip to that bit, it's the working out in between that I'm missing, I'm not sure how to fill in the gaps.

    Thanks for any help you can offer!
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  3. Jun 3, 2013 #2


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    You can show that the last statement is equivalent to the original one if you work backwards - it is easier in that direction, but the other direction works as well.
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