Classroom Activity

Problem 14, Correcting Bad Data Using Parity Bits
 
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Audience: Educators
Grades: 9-12


Students see how computer data is protected from damage by radiation glitches by using a simple error-detection method involving the parity bit. They will reconstruct an uncorrupted sequence of data by checking the eighth bit to see if the transmitted data word has been corrupted. By comparing copies of the data sent at different times, they reconstruct the uncorrupted data. A one-page teacher guide accompanies the one-page assignment.

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This mathematics problem is part of Space Math III.