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    Subtracting in base 6

    Question) Evaluate: 522(base 6) - 244 (base 6)

    answer = 234 , one mark for both method and answer, no marks given for converting to decimal and back.
    Last edited by ThePerfectHacker; August 5th 2008 at 02:11 PM. Reason: woops! its 522 not 566
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    Hello, scott_237!

    If you copied the problem accurately,
    . . there is no way they can get their answer!


    Evaluate: . 566_6 - 244_6

    Answer: . 234_6 .??
    There is no "borrowing" required.
    . . The answer comes out to: 322_6

    . . \begin{array}{cccc} & 5 & 6 & 6 \\ - & 2 & 4 & 4 \\ \hline & 3 & 2 & 2 \end{array}

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott_237 View Post
    Question) Evaluate: 522(base 6) - 244 (base 6)
    answer = 234
    Scott, Did you try adding 234_6 + 244_6 to see how it might work?
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    yea thanks, i see how it works when i convert it to decimal then back, i.e. base 6 = ...36,6,1 as opposed to decimal = 1000,100,10,1 but the question requires it to be done with a certain method, you don't get marks for converting to decimal then doing the subtraction then converting to base 6 again.

    Do any of you know a method like this?
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