Slip and slide


def flip_bit(number, n):
mask = 0b1 << (n-1)
result = number ^ mask
return bin(result)
print flip_bit(0b111, 2)

please, please explain why (n-1) and 0b1 is here


Hi cssrunner05147
We need those, because for instance if we want to reverse 4th bit, we need to get the binary number 1000
Remainder: x ^ 1 = ~x (x not), also x ^ 0 =x
When we put our number and the binary that we have created in an xor statement we will successfully reverse the desired bit.


thank you,but why (n-1) has to be used


if your question is why (n-1) but not n:
you have already put "1" there and if you shift it by (n-1) it will be n`th bit

if your question is why don`t we directly write 1000 for changing 4th or 100000 for changing 6th bit:
in order to make your program work for any desired bit to be changed


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