Binary: The Foundation of All Computing
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Binary: The Foundation of All Computing

Learn how technology works at the foundation. You'll be able to read and write binary and see how it all fits together.
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4.8 (188 ratings)
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Created by Kilton Hopkins
Last updated 3/2014
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 3 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Read and write binary
  • Read and write hexadecimal
  • Understand why binary is made of 1s and 0s
  • Understand ASCII and Unicode
  • Know what a real gigabyte is
  • Understand different counting systems (such as Base16 and Base64)
Course content
Expand all 12 lectures 02:47:32
+ Getting Started
3 lectures 13:26

Why do we have to use binary for digital technology? Why do we use zeroes and ones? This video covers the basics and introduces you to the binary concept.

Preview 08:26

What's a "word"? This video covers the initial terminology you need to know.

Preview 05:00

This quiz covers terminology and some basic concepts

Binary Basics
5 questions

This presentation introduces you to App Cat. He's my buddy and I hope you like him, too. You'll be seeing App Cat every once in a while. He helps me illustrate some concepts, but he usually does it in a way that keeps me laughing.

All of the App Cat presentations in this course are for you to read and enjoy at your own pace. Just flip through the presentation like a comic book.

Preview 8 pages
+ Knowing Binary Inside and Out
6 lectures 01:09:34

How many bytes are in a gigabyte? What's the difference between "GB" and "GiB"? In this video, we learn a lot of details about kilobytes, megabytes, and gigabytes.

Kilobytes, Megabytes, and Gigabytes

In this episode, App Cat has a tough time buying a new hard drive at the electronics store. I think he understands the concepts, but he doesn't have a very good memory sometimes.

App Cat buys a new hard drive
20 pages

This video is a chalkboard session. Just FYI... I don't start writing until after the first minute or so. If you just see a black screen but you can hear me, then it's working properly.

This is the longest video of the class, so get your favorite drink and snack and get ready to learn how the read binary! You'll want to follow along with your own paper and pencil. The technique for reading binary is very simple, but it may take a few practice exercises before you feel comfortable with it.

Reading binary: chalkboard session

This is the chalkboard session for writing binary. It's the immediate follow-up to the prior lecture. Keep your pencil and paper handy. There are more do-it-yourself steps in this video.

Writing binary: chalkboard session

This quiz challenges your binary literacy. Be prepared to do your own decimal to binary conversions.

Reading and Writing Binary
5 questions

In this video we learn how binary becomes text... and how all of the world's languages are fit into a standardized layout.

ASCII and Unicode

In this episode, App Cat wants to hang out with some cool techie cats. One of them gives him a hard time about a technology issue. I swear I've known people like that cat with the hat.

App Cat goes to a meetup
20 pages
+ Getting Comfortable with Hexadecimal
3 lectures 36:32

This video may be a bit challenging at first. Watch it a couple of times if you need, and ask questions there is something I have not explained clearly. Get ready to go beyond what you learned about numbers and counting. You'll never look at the number "ten" the same again!

Base2, Base10, and Base16

This is the chalkboard session for reading and writing hexadecimal. It's a longer video. Get ready to follow along on your own!

Reading and writing hexadecimal: chalkboard session

What does 0x3366FF look like? This video explores RGB color codes and their composition.

RGB color codes

This quiz tests your ability to read and write hexadecimal. Feel free to use binary as a stepping stone between decimal and hex.

Reading and Writing Hexadecimal
5 questions
  • Pencil and paper
  • No programming skills needed
  • Basic math skills (addition and subtraction)
  • Standard calculator skills (multiplication, exponents)
  • An open mind to understand new ways of using numbers
  • Excitement about knowing how all digital technology works

You should take this course if you want to have mastery over the foundations of digital technology... if you want to look at an HD movie and think "I know how that's working on the root level. Awesome!"

This course is all about binary, hexadecimal, and the core concepts that make all of our modern information technology possible. There are videos, quizzes, and a couple of App Cat episodes in presentation format.

You should watch the videos in order. Some of them build on the content from the last video. There are 3 chalkboard session videos that show the how-to steps for reading and writing binary and hexadecimal. You should watch those with paper and a pencil. You'll want to follow along.

Who this course is for:
  • Professional technologists
  • Technology enthusiasts
  • Perpetual learners