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Hands-On Math: Binary Finger Counting

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My son has always loved math. Even when he was very little, he enjoyed reciting math facts aloud. He’s always been fascinated by random tidbits and interesting facts related to mathematics. He was pretty young when he first learned a method for counting to 1,023 on his fingers using the binary number system.

Now, I don’t quite understand it all. (That’s why I had Joshua record the video below) I’m quite comfortable with our Base-Ten system, thank you very much. But if you can stretch your mind for a minute, imagine that the place values you know as “ones,” “tens,” and “hundreds” (multiples of tens) are actually multiples of 2!

Instead of 10^0, 10^1, 10^2, etc forming our place values, what if it were 2^0, 2^1, and 2^2?

Check out this fun, mind-boggling, hands-on activity to explore and play around with math through binary finger counting, then scroll down for some of our other favorite, fun math resources:

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