Summer school - The truth tables behind calculators


Event details

Date and time 05.07.2021 08.07.2021  
Speaker Orane Pouchon et David Strütt, Institut de mathématiques de l'EPFL, accompagnés de plusieurs étudiants de l’EPFL
Category Sciences Activities for Youth
Understand and visualize their logic with Minecraft and dominoes: This is what this Summer school, organized by the EPFL Education Outreach Department together with the Mathematics institute, offers from July 5 to 8, 2021.

A calculator is a reassuring companion during math tests. But how does it work? And how can we be sure that it displays the correct result?
During this pre-university week, the participants will answer such questions while designing a calculator.

To do so, they will learn how to use binary code. This code enables the transformation of information into 0s and 1s, a language that machines understand. Like small computers, the calculators transcribe our usual decimal numbers into binary numbers. And this is how 13=1101 and 1011+1101=24.

In order to design a calculator, the participants will have to use their logic and skills, while developing algebra and computer science concepts (variables, binary system or truth tables) to be able to align blocks, activate levers and finally understand how their TI-30X works.

Online registration before 15.05.2021

Practical information

  • General public
  • Registration required


  • Service de promotion de l’éducation et l’Institut de mathématiques de l’EPFL