Abacus

You can use this abacus to investigate how different number bases work.  Common bases in Computing and GCSE Computer Science are base 2 (binary), base 8 (octal) and base16 (hexadecimal).

Click on the beads to slide them left or right. Work in base

1
Red beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed bead
0
2
Brown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown bead
0
4
Green beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen bead
0
8
Blue beadBlue beadBlue beadBlue beadBlue beadBlue beadBlue beadBlue beadBlue beadBlue beadBlue beadBlue beadBlue beadBlue beadBlue bead
0
16
Yellow beadYellow beadYellow beadYellow beadYellow beadYellow beadYellow beadYellow beadYellow beadYellow beadYellow beadYellow beadYellow beadYellow beadYellow bead
0
32
Red beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed beadRed bead
0
64
Brown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown beadBrown bead
0
128
Green beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen beadGreen bead
0
0

The purpose of this abacus is to introduce KS3 Computing and GCSE Computer Science students to different number bases, including binary and hexadecimal.

Unfortunately your screen is not large enough to display the abacus. If you are using a mobile device, you could try landscape orientation.

Abacus