1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Minterm/Maxtern, SOP/POS

  1. Jul 2, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Ok, so I have a digital electronics exam tomorrow, pretty confident with everything except when I should use minterms and maxterms.

    As I understand...

    using tabular method to find a minimum SOP expression I would use the minterms and if I need to find a minimum POS expression I would use the maxterms.

    2. Relevant equations
    For example:

    Use tabular method to find a minimum POS expression for the following, F(A,B,C,D)=M(0,2,3,8,12,13,15)

    I would simply use 0000,0010,0011.....etc

    However if I was asked to find the SOP I would have to convert to minterms so..

    then I would use 0001,0100,0101....etc

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I am fine with the tabular method itself just confused with the above.

    Thankyou very much for anyone that can offer any insight.
  2. jcsd
  3. Jul 14, 2013 #2
    That is correct. Every function can be described as a sum of minterms, or a product of maxterms.
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?
Draft saved Draft deleted

Similar Threads - Minterm Maxtern Date
K map help and minterms Apr 19, 2015
K-Maps Prime Implicates and Essential Minterms Feb 12, 2015
Finding minterms from decoder Oct 19, 2012
Boolean function - minterms - literals Oct 9, 2010