• 01-17-2002
ygfperson
i read somewhere that computers add using some combination of logic gates, and that the only way multiplication could be done is through addition. is this true, and if so, how?
ty in advance :p
• 01-17-2002
starX
think of multiplication like this:

9 multiplied by 8 means 9 eight times over,
so 9 * 8 == 9+9+9+9+9+9+9+9.

starX
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• 01-18-2002
Deckard
I believe you're thinking of boolean logic gates. You may be interested in the explination provided here.
• 01-18-2002
ygfperson
about multiplication: what if the number were big? back when i had a tandy 1000ex(8.077 mhz, 1984 i think) basic could do a for i=1 to 5000, next loop in one second. is there some sort of help the processor gets?
• 01-18-2002
Salem
• 01-18-2002
iain
the multiplication cannot actually be done by a computer due to the logic systems it uses, so the multipolication is carried out by bit-shifting and addition
• 01-18-2002
QuestionC
Well, multiplication and loops are different beasts.

For multiplication: Technically, you could just have a multiplication table in your CPU, but the way I learned it, it's a combination of shifts, additions, and perhaps subtractions.

For loops: You can think of increment or decrement operators as even more basic than addition and subtraction. Loops are very important, so much that loop commands are commonly a part of a processor's architecture.
• 01-18-2002
sean
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• 01-19-2002
Deckard
Quote:

Originally posted by Sean
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That is a stroke of pure genius which should be prominently displayed at the beginning of the FAQ. :)