1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data This is a question on a homework assignment, and of course I'm not expecting a direct answer but just a way to figure out how to get what I need to know. The question is: Take you 8-digit student number (20248462 in this example) and convert this to a 24 bit equivalent binary number string. Make the proper adjustments to make your results 24 bit. 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution First I just tried a direct changing of the student number to binary and got 111101110010110001110111101110010110001110, which is quite a bit larger than 24 bits. Then I tried treating each number as a hex value, but obviously 8*4 = 32bits. I then thought to do it as scientific notation like a floating point value, but again, we only can do that as 32 bits. So how do I go about doing this? I'm sure it's something easy and I'm just being stupid.