Ok. Now I can see the cognitive “woo” a lot of folks have with BASE-2 Binary. 0 and 1 is only 0 and 1/2. You’re working with 1/2’s. For BASE-2 it’s: 0=0% 1= 50% 00=100% 00=2. It’s BASE-2. You need 2 symbols. BASE-10 is: 123456789 10 BASE 10. Starting at 0 just messes everybody up. The whole POINT of a positional notation system is to be able to ADD A NEW COLUMN to the LEFT as needed. It’s a CLOCK COUNTER. Start with 1. 0’s just a placeholder after all.

Ok. Now I can see the cognitive “woo” a lot of folks have with BASE-2 Binary.
 
0 and 1 is only 0 and 1/2.
You’re working with 1/2’s.
 
For BASE-2 it’s:
0=0%
1= 50%
00=100%
 
00=2. It’s BASE-2. You need 2 symbols.
 
BASE-10 is:
123456789 10
 
BASE 10.
 
Starting at 0 just messes everybody up. The whole POINT of a positional notation system is to be able to ADD A NEW COLUMN to the LEFT as needed. It’s a CLOCK COUNTER.
 
Start with 1. 0’s just a placeholder after all.
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