Prof. Patt:
       I do not understand what exactly question number 4 from problem set
       1a is asking, if you do not mind clarifying for me. Thank you.
       << name withheld to protect the struggling >>

Not at all. I am happy to explain it.

The question gives you 2's complement numbers consisting of various numbers of bits. It asks you to express each of them using exactly 8 bits.

This problem should take you less than one minute to solve. (I am telling you this in case it is taking you much more than that to work the problem. If so, you need to talk to your TA or me about your progress with the material.)

Yale Patt