# Analog/Digital 500.101 I Real world systems and processes Mostly continuous (at the macroscopic level): time, acceleration, chemical reactions Sometimes.

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Analog/Digital 500.101 I Real world systems and processes Mostly continuous (at the macroscopic level): time, acceleration, chemical reactions Sometimes discrete: quantum states, mass (# of atoms) Mathematics to represent physical systems is continuous (calculus) Mathematics for number theory, counting, approximating physical systems can be discrete

Analog/Digital 500.101 II Representation of information A.Continuous—represented analogously as a value of a continuously variable parameter 1.position of a needle on a meter 2.rotational angle of a gear 3.amount of water in a vessel 4.electric charge on a capacitor B. Discrete—digitized as a set of discrete values corresponding to a finite number of states 1. digital clock 2. painted pickets 3. on/off, as a switch

Analog/Digital 500.101 III Representation of continuous processes Analogous to the process itself 1.Great Brass Brain—a geared machine to simulate the tides 2.Slide rule—an instrument which does multiplication by adding lengths which correspond to the logarithms of numbers. 3.Differential analyzer (Vannevar Bush)—variable-size friction wheels to simulate the behavior of differential equations Vannevar Bush integrator Tide calculator

Analog/Digital 500.101 Brass Brain was the equal of 100 mathematicians, weighted a mere 2500 lbs Imagine the fearful gnashings of mathematicians in November, 1928 upon reading this account of the USGS's new "brass brain," which could "do the work of 100 trained mathematicians" in calculating tides: The machine weighs 2,500 pounds. It is 11 feet long, 2 feet wide, and 6 feet high. Its whirring cogs are enclosed in a housing of mahogany and glass. Earthquakes, fresh-water floods, and strong winds that cannot be predicted affect the accuracy of the Brass Brain to a degree. Nevertheless 70% of the predicted tides agree within five minutes of the observed tide. The Coast and Geodetic Survey issues an annual bulletin in which it lists the forthcoming tides in 84 ports of the world. The report contains upwards of a million figures, all compiled by the Brass Brain. It has been estimated that the Brass Brain saves the government \$125,000 each year in salaries of mathematicians who would be required to take its place.

Analog/Digital 500.101 From Instruments of Science: an historical encyclopedia Great Brass Brain “It remained in use until the late 1960s,when an IBM 7090 computer took over the job. Even when digital computers finally took over from analog instruments, the amount of arithmetic needed to properly evaluate the cosine series was so vast that the output had to be limited to simply times of high and low tide for any particular area. This was overcome only when, during the 1970s, digital computers became powerful enough...”

Analog/Digital 500.101 Discrete representations What is it??

Analog/Digital 500.101 Babbage difference engine to calculuate polynomials

Analog/Digital 500.101 Electronic analog computers—circuitry connected to simulate differential equations 1.Phonograph record—wiggles in grooves to represent sound oscillations 2.Electric clocks 3.Mercury thermometers/barometers Stereo phonograph record

Analog/Digital 500.101 IV Manipulation A. Analog 1. adding the length-equivalents of logarithms to obtain a multiply, e.g., a slide-rule 2. adjusting the volume on a stereo 3. sliding a weight on a balance-beam scale 4. adding charge to an electrical capacitor B. Discrete 1. counting—push-button counters 2. digital operations—mechanical calculators 3. switching—open/closing relays 4. logic circuits—true/false determination Marble binary counter Marchant mechanical calculator

Analog/Digital 500.101 V Analog vs. Discrete Note: "Digital" is a form of representation for discrete A. Analog 1. infinitely variable--information density high 2. limited resolution--to what resolution can you read a meter? 3. irrecoverable data degradation--sandpaper a vinyl record B. Discrete/Digital 1. limited states--information density low, e.g., one decimal digit can represent only one of ten values 2. arbitrary resolution--keep adding states (or digits) 3. mostly recoverable data degradation, e.g., if information is encoded as painted/not-painted pickets, repainting can perfectly restore data

Analog/Digital 500.101 VI Digital systems A. decimal--not so good, because there are few 10-state devices that could be used to store information fingers...? B. binary--excellent for hardware; lots of 2-state devices: switches, lights, magnetics--poor for communication: 2-state devices require many digits to represent values with reasonable resolution--excellent for logic systems whose states are true and false. But binary is king because components are so easy (and cheap) to fabricate. C. octal --base 8: used to conveniently represent binary data; almost as efficient as decimal D. hexadecimal--base 16: more efficient than decimal; more practical than octal because of binary digit groupings in computers Decimal Binary 2 1 Hexa- decimal 2 4 000000 100011 200102 300113 401004 501015 601106 701117 810008 910019 101010A 111011B 121100C 131101D 141110E 151111F

Analog/Digital 500.101 VII Binary logic and arithmetic A. Background 1. George Boole(1854) linked arithmetic, logic, and binary number systems by showing how a binary system could be used to simplify complex logic problems 2. Claude Shannon(1938) demonstrated that any logic problem could be represented by a system of series and parallel switches; and that binary addition could be done with electric switches 3. Two branches of binary logic systems a) Combinatorial—in which the output depends only on the present state of the inputs b) Sequential—in which the output may depend on a previous state of the inputs, e.g., the “flip-flop” circuit

Analog/Digital 500.101 C A B ABC000100010111ABC000100010111 AND gate

Analog/Digital 500.101 C A B ABC000100010111ABC000100010111 AND gate Simple “AND” Circuit Battery AB C

Analog/Digital 500.101 OR gate C A B ABC000101011111ABC000101011111

Analog/Digital 500.101 OR gate C A B ABC000101011111ABC000101011111 A Simple “OR” circuit B C

Analog/Digital 500.101 AB NOT gate AB1001AB1001

Analog/Digital 500.101 AB NOT gate AB1001AB1001 A B Simple “NOT” circuit

Analog/Digital 500.101 C A B ABC001101011110ABC001101011110 NAND gate

Analog/Digital 500.101 C A B ABC001101011110ABC001101011110 NAND gate Simple “NAND” Circuit Battery AB C

Analog/Digital 500.101 3. Control systems: e.g., car will start only if doors are locked, seat belts are on, key is turned DS K I 00 0 0 00 1 0 01 0 0 01 1 0 10 0 0 10 1 0 11 0 0 11 1 1

Analog/Digital 500.101 3. Control systems: e.g., car will start only if doors are locked, seat belts are on, key is turned DS K I 00 0 0 00 1 0 01 0 0 01 1 0 10 0 0 10 1 0 11 0 0 11 1 1 I = D AND S AND K D S K I

Analog/Digital 500.101 Binary arithmetic: e.g., adding two binary digits AB R C 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 11 0 1

Analog/Digital 500.101 Binary arithmetic: e.g., adding two binary digits AB R C 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 11 0 1 A B R C R = (A OR B) AND NOT (A AND B) C = A AND B

Analog/Digital 500.101 AND rules OR rules A*A = A A +A = A A*A' = 0 A +A' = 1 0*A = 0 0+A = A 1*A = A 1 +A = 1 A*B = B*A A + B = B+A A*(B*C) = (A*B)*C A+(B+C) = (A+B)+C A(B+C) = A*B+B*C A+B*C = (A+B)*(A+C) A'*B' = (A+B)' A'+B' = (A*B)‘ (DeMorgan’s theorem) Notation: * = AND + = OR ‘ = NOT Boolean algebra properties

Analog/Digital 500.101

Computing power has been growing at an exponential rate Note: graph is a “semi-log” plot—the best way to indicate a function y(t)=ae kt.

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