# Math illiterate?

By Sunset50

@Sunset50 (1397)

United States

August 22, 2006 12:33pm CST

Grandson came home with a question. Why do people choose to use base 2 math. I searched the net, found out base 2 is what all computers are based on, also found out how base 2, 8, 16, etc works, but never saw an answer to why people choose the base 2 math. Any ideas out there?

2 responses

@ssh123 (31100)

• India

1 Sep 07

Yes except for business mathematics, I lack expertise in mathematics even for high school level. I miserably failed 2 or 3 times in maths, then changed to social sciences and passed the examination to reach post graduation!! But I know maths is very important in life to be successful in a career.

@thoughtprocess (2209)

• United States

22 Aug 06

You answered your own question: computers use base 2 because they are binary -- a bit can be either 1 or 0, bits make up byes, bytes make up kilobytes, etc.