Can you help me with a formula for converting base 10 numbers to other bases. It is needed for a JETS test next week.
Let's consider what is going on in a base 3 conversion to see the general algorithm (there's no nice `formula'). If we want to convert 204 base 10 to base 3, what we're doing is expressing 204 as a sum of powers of 3 -- instead of a 1's, 10's and 100's column we will have a 1's, 3's, 9's ... columns corresponding to the powers of 3. Consider the following table:
Of course what is going on in our base 3 example to get from one row to the next is that we are successively dividing by 3 and recording the result and remainders in the appropriate places; a shorter format once one has the proper understanding is shown below ( I don't recommend starting this way as students rarely understand why the method works if just shown the following).
Hope this helps,
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