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2020-08-13, 13:56   #89
CRGreathouse

Aug 2006

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Quote:
 Originally Posted by tuckerkao Except the multiplication tables will be too much for the elementary school students to memorize. Hex multiplication tables are not as easy as the Dozenal versions.
You only have to go as far as you want, of course. If you want to go up to A * A, fine. If you want to go to C * C, great. There's no reason to go to precisely 10 * 10 in the given base.

2020-08-13, 13:58   #90
tuckerkao

Jan 2020

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Quote:
 Originally Posted by CRGreathouse You only have to go as far as you want, of course. If you want to go up to A * A, fine. If you want to go to C * C, great. There's no reason to go to precisely 10 * 10 in the given base.
Then it's like teaching only up to 7 * 7 in decimal.

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 Originally Posted by Uncwilly "A Zero" and "Eight Zero" You say the characters.
This might have been the reason why hex wasn't popular outside the computerized professions. Some Spanish speaking natives will likely mix the 2 up.

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2020-08-13, 14:17   #91
retina
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Jun 2006
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25·179 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by tuckerkao Except the multiplication tables will be too much for the elementary school students to memorize.
Why are you deciding for them? Perhaps this is the real problem then. Let's dumb everything down so that even the dullards don't feel left out because, OMG, we can't make anyone feel left behind no matter how much they don't wish to learn things.

Hey tweedle-dee, how much is 6*4?
I dunno tweedle-dumb, how much is 6*4?
No, it is a real question, how much is 6*4?
Are you kidding me? That is for those advance nerd-brains to know, not normal in-group people like us. So moving on, what's been trending in the last 5 seconds?

2020-08-13, 14:20   #92
CRGreathouse

Aug 2006

134438 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by tuckerkao Then it's like teaching only up to 7 * 7 in decimal.
Fortunately, the mathematics doesn't care one whit what you think it's like. If you decide to work in ternary you're not restricted to teaching the times tables up to 3, and if you work in sexigesimal you don't need to memorize times tables up to 60. There are lots of ways to do things.

Of course if you wanted to teach a full times table, you could use octal just as easily, but that's beside the point.

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2020-08-13, 14:24   #93
tuckerkao

Jan 2020

728 Posts

Quote:
 Originally Posted by CRGreathouse Fortunately, the mathematics doesn't care one whit what you think it's like. If you decide to work in ternary you're not restricted to teaching the times tables up to 3, and if you work in sexigesimal you don't need to memorize times tables up to 60. There are lots of ways to do things. Of course if you wanted to teach a full times table, you could use octal just as easily, but that's beside the point.
The main reason it's because hex is not the default math base that everyone has to use on the daily routines. Of course, Sexigesimal won't be an ideal default base anyway. Let the numbers speak for themselves, people will eventually realize decimal isn't the best base for the default.

For Dozenal multiplication tables: 2, 3, 4, 6 are easy. 8, 9, Ɛ are medium, only 5, 7 and Ӿ are hard. Dozenal 7 times table is actually easier than Decimal 6 times(on the odds) table if you know both bases equally well.

Like what retina said, Dozenal as the default math base won't leave behind the kids behind.
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2020-08-13, 15:09   #94
Uncwilly
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by tuckerkao This might have been the reason why hex wasn't popular outside the computerized professions. Some Spanish speaking natives will likely mix the 2 up.
So, by your logic English letters B, C, D, E, G, P, T, and Z should have different names because people can mis-hear them.

2020-08-13, 15:43   #95
Dr Sardonicus

Feb 2017
Nowhere

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Quote:
 Originally Posted by tuckerkao Except the multiplication tables will be too much for the elementary school students to memorize. Hex multiplication tables are not as easy as the Dozenal versions.
I'm not smart enough to know that memorizing the multiplication table to sixteen times sixteen is "too much" for students to memorize. It is more of a task than memorizing up to twelve times twelve. Memorizing the multiplication table to twelve times twelve is, by the same token, more of a task than memorizing up to ten times ten -- all the more so with trying to remember cockamamie symbols for ten and eleven.
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 I play triplets on 1 hand and 8th notes on the other hand all the time. There are also triplets vs 16th notes in several Chopin compositions.
Triplets aren't denoted numerically. So your statement has nothing to do with number bases or notations.

2020-08-13, 15:55   #96
Dr Sardonicus

Feb 2017
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by tuckerkao Let the numbers speak for themselves, people will eventually realize decimal isn't the best base for the default.
People were using numbers before the concept of a base (radix) was even invented. And the idea that numbers can "speak for themselves" was not unknown to them.

2020-08-13, 16:02   #97
Uncwilly
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 Originally Posted by Dr Sardonicus It is more of a task than memorizing up to twelve times twelve. Memorizing the multiplication table to twelve times twelve is, by the same token, more of a task than memorizing up to ten times ten -- all the more so with trying to remember cockamamie symbols for ten and eleven.
Historically 12x12 multiplication had to do with stores and pricing etc. Common practice was to take the cost of a dozen of an item and shift the decimal for the sale price to the customer. Dozens fit a 3x4 box nicely. But now prices are not done that way and box sizes and what is a 'case' can vary widely. So teaching future storekeepers and general office staff is no longer a thing is schools.

Any user of a base needs to know the multiplication table for all units. Anything less and you can't do the math. Base 60 systems are generally a compound base of 12 and 5.

2020-08-13, 18:35   #98
xilman
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May 2003
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by Uncwilly Base 60 systems are generally a compound base of 12 and 5.
Except when they are not.

I gave a specific example which was in widespread use for well over two thousand years.

Remnants of it are still in widespread use well after four thousand years.

It is a combination of base 6 and base 10.

I type this from 28°38'30" N 17°52'04" W.

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2020-08-13, 20:49   #99
sweety439

Nov 2016

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Quote:
 Originally Posted by tuckerkao The main reason it's because hex is not the default math base that everyone has to use on the daily routines. Of course, Sexigesimal won't be an ideal default base anyway. Let the numbers speak for themselves, people will eventually realize decimal isn't the best base for the default. For Dozenal multiplication tables: 2, 3, 4, 6 are easy. 8, 9, Ɛ are medium, only 5, 7 and Ӿ are hard. Dozenal 7 times table is actually easier than Decimal 6 times(on the odds) table if you know both bases equally well. Like what retina said, Dozenal as the default math base won't leave behind the kids behind.
https://dozenal.fandom.com/wiki/Properties_of_dozenal many properties of dozenal, e.g. all squares end with square digits, all primes end with prime digits or 1, all even perfect numbers except 6, 24 and 354 end with either 054 or 854

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