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Re: Re: Negabinary Number System

by Cirollo (Friar)
on Sep 06, 2001 at 03:44 UTC ( #110449=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Negabinary Number System
in thread Negabinary Number System

Of course, this only corresponds to an idealized driven-spring system, because the restoring force-displacement proportionality is only linear for small displacements, and it isn't 100% accurate (in a real physical system), because the return force is also proportional to the displacement squared, and cubed, and so on. The effect of the higher order proportionalities is just negligible for small displacement.

My point is that you could conceptualize the system as a system of springs, or a driven LC circuit, but if you were to try to actually build some sort of device to do calculations using the idea, it would quickly become inaccurate.

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Re: Re: Re: Negabinary Number System
by John M. Dlugosz (Monsignor) on Sep 06, 2001 at 07:40 UTC
    Which is exactly why analog computers fell out of favor, except for really specialized applications that can't be approached in any way other than modeling the system.

    What else naturally alternates in two directions? And is digital in nature, no less? Natural positional systems are like car odometers.

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