# BIN2OCT

Formulas / BIN2OCT
The BIN2OCT formula converts a binary number to its octal equivalent.
`BIN2OCT(number, [places])`
• number - The binary number you want to convert to octal.
• [places] - [OPTIONAL] The number of characters to use in the octal result. If omitted, the formula uses the minimum number of characters necessary.

## Examples

• `=BIN2OCT("1010")`

This formula converts the binary number "1010" to its octal equivalent and returns the result "12."

• `=BIN2OCT("110110`, 4)`

This formula converts the binary number "110110" to its octal equivalent, using 4 characters in the result, and returns the result "0066."

## Summary

The BIN2OCT formula converts a binary number to its octal equivalent.

• The BIN2OCT function is a mathematical function that converts a binary number to its octal equivalent.
• The BIN2OCT function takes two arguments: the "number" argument representing the binary number to be converted, and the optional "places" argument specifying the number of characters to use in the octal result.
• If the binary number provided to BIN2OCT is not valid (i.e., contains characters other than 0 and 1), the function returns a #NUM! error.
• The BIN2OCT function can handle negative binary numbers and interprets them as two's complement representations.

What does the BIN2OCT function do?
The BIN2OCT function converts a binary number to its octal equivalent. It takes a binary number as input and returns the corresponding octal value.
What are the arguments of the BIN2OCT function?
The BIN2OCT function has two arguments: "number" and "places." The "number" argument is the binary number to be converted to octal. The optional "places" argument specifies the number of characters to use in the octal result. If omitted, the formula uses the minimum number of characters necessary.
What happens if the binary number provided to BIN2OCT is not valid?
If the binary number provided to BIN2OCT is not a valid binary number (i.e., it contains characters other than 0 and 1), the function returns a #NUM! error.
Can BIN2OCT handle negative binary numbers?
Yes, BIN2OCT can handle negative binary numbers. If the most significant bit (leftmost bit) of the binary number is 1, the function treats it as a negative number in two's complement form and converts it to the corresponding negative octal value.
How can I specify the number of characters in the octal result?
You can specify the number of characters in the octal result by using the optional "places" argument in the BIN2OCT function. For example, =BIN2OCT("1010`, 4) will return "0012" with four characters in the result.