How do computers do math?

(c) Copyright 2016 Coert VonkThis inquiry answers the question “How do computers do math?”. What once started as an innocent question from a six year old, turned into this 9 page post.

After a short introduction, we dive down into solid-state chemistry from where we emerge traversing along Ohm’s law, semi-conductors, logic gates and combinational logic.

The first seven chapters answer of our inquiry. Chapter 5 and 6 are optional. The remaining chapters merely complete the discussion of logic gates.

  1. Introduction
  2. Electrical circuits
  3. Electronic circuits
  4. Diodes based logic
  5. Bipolar junction transistor (BJT) based logic
  6. Field effect transistor (FET) based logic
  7. Math operations using combinational logic
  8. Synchronous sequential logic
  9. Programmable logic
Coert Vonk

Coert Vonk

Independent Firmware Engineer at Los Altos, CA
Welcome to the things that I couldn’t find.This blog shares some of the notes that I took while deep diving into various fields.Many such endeavors were triggered by curious inquiries from students. Even though the notes often cover a broader area, the key goal is to help the them adopt, flourish and inspire them to invent new technology.
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