Convert to binary from base-10

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What is this problem set trying to do[edit]

The actual solution to this problem is fairly straight-forward, but imagining how to solve the problem is tricky. As a side note, you must understand how to convert base 10 to base 2.

The Problem[edit]

Ask the user to enter a number in base 10. Then convert the number the user entered into binary. Extra points if you ensure the binary always has 8 digits

Unit Tests[edit]

  • User Input: 1
  • Expected output: 1
  • User Input: 4
  • Expected output: 100
  • User Input: 8
  • Expected output: 1000

How you will be assessed[edit]

Your solution will be graded using the following axis:


  • To what extent does your code implement the features required by our specification?
  • To what extent is there evidence of effort?


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  • To what extent did your code meet unit tests?
  • To what extent is your code free of bugs?


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  • To what extent is your code eliminating repetition?
  • To what extent is your code using functions appropriately?


  • To what extent is your code readable?
  • To what extent is your code commented?
  • To what extent are your variables well named?
  • To what extent do you adhere to style guide?


A possible solution[edit]

Click the expand link to see one possible solution, but NOT before you have tried and failed!

This code was donated to our wiki by an 11th grade student, Jake. I am very grateful to him for the code.

#first off, we need something to convert (duh), so we are asking the user to feed a base 10 number to the program by using the input function
number = int(input("What base 10 nr would you like to convert to binary? Please enter it below \n > "))

#setting an empty string. This is where the binary equivalent of the above input will be
binary = ""

#getting to the mathy part. This system was inspired by the tutorial over from, where it tells you to just keep diving the number by 2 until you get it down to 0. 
while number != 0:
    #checking if the number has a remainder 
    if number%2 == 1:
        #if the number DOES have a remainder, we need to a 1 in our binary string (cause that's the remainder)
        binary += "1"
        # rounding the number down because decimals would mess this up
        number = int(number/2)

    # checking if the number does not have a remainder
    elif number %2 == 0:
        #if the number DOESN'T have a remainder, we need to a 0 in our binary string (cause there's no remainder)
        binary += "0"
        # rounding the number down because decimals would mess this up
        number = int(number/2)

#this part was grabbed over from These are the 2nd and 3rd from the last block of code on the page
#this is needed because according to the tutorial, the result of the first time we divide the number (either a 0 or 1) is the "Least Significant Bit" and the result of the last time we divied is the "Most Significant Bit"
#we gotta swap it because it's backwards right now. It's from LSB to MSB right now, and it needs to be from MSB to LSB
reversed =''.join(reversed(binary)) 
#printing the result 

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