# let's play figure out the radix!!

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Find the value of x if (23)x = 1111000102

I've converted it into decimal, which is 482.

But that's where I get stuck.

Any ideas?

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You need to break down 23 or any number in a place-holder system. The number 576 in decimal is interpreted without thinking - but what does it represent?

$576_{10} = (5*10^2) + (7*10^1) + (6 *10^0)$

in general

$576_x = (5*x^2) + (7*x^1) + (6 *x^0)$

You can then just rearrange your question into a nice polynomial which you solve for x. That said I must be missing something cos I cannot get yours to work - maybe I am just having a brain fade.

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Imfataal, the reason you're having trouble is:

Assuming his radix is an integer.

$23_x = 2x + 3 = 2(x+1) + 1 = 2n+1$ Is odd.

$111100010_2$ is even.

Either his radix is not an integer (rational solution to $2x+3 = 482$) or there's a transcription error somewhere.

Edited by Schrödinger's hat

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