8, 16, 32, 64 & 128-bit Integers


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If a calculation results in a positive integer value that's larger than the maximum that can be stored in a data type, we say that _____ has occurred.

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1. A 16-bit data type can store an integer value range _____ times greater than a 8-bit data type's value range.

2. If a calculation results in a negative integer value that's smaller than the minimum that can be stored in a data type, we say that _____ has occurred.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Answer the following quiz and worksheet questions to make sure you understand the use of integer storage types. You will discuss different uses of integer sets and the benefits and costs of different types.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this quiz/worksheet set you'll test your understanding of:

  • How much larger 16-bit value ranges are than 8-bit
  • How to refer to negative values smaller than the value range
  • Advantages and disadvantages of big number libraries

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the relative speed differences of 32-bit and 64-bit processors
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the main disadvantages of big number libraries
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what terms describe results that are over or under the value range of a data set

Additional Learning

To find out more about these integers, read the lesson titled 8, 16, 32, 64 & 128-bit Integers. It will cover new information, such as:

  • Maximum values of different data sets
  • Why a programmer would use different size data sets
  • The Y2K bug