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De-Morgans law / Nand gates.. I'm left a bit confused

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  1. thepipersson1980


    Jul 21, 2014
    Hi guys and girls,

    Ok so I'm doing a course at the moment which is left me a bit confused around the whole NAND gate's. the course it's self only has seven pages on this topic (helpful), so I have scoured the internet to try and find an explanation so I can work out the answer but as said it has left me most confused.

    This is the Question;

    In addition to this they would like more advanced users to learn how to use De-Morgan's law.
    Start with the following statement:


    Show how can this be implemented using NAND gates using De-Morgan's law.

    Now I'm not asking for the answer just maybe point me in the right direction of where I can get help for this please!

    This is what I can work out so far;

    So .is AND
    + is OR
    Overbar is logical NOT
    De-morgan’s law
    "not (A and B)" is the same as "(not A) or (not B)"
    "not (A or B)" is the same as "(not A) and (not B)
    But after scouring the net it doesn't seem to have any not's is there, maybe overbars missing? OR is it the fact that a NAND gate is a mixture of a AND gate and a NOR gate and not a NOT gate???
    I'm at my wits end with this one, I'm not sure if I'm just trying to make something that is not there.... and where is the logic in this? lol
    Any help will be much appreciated
  2. Gryd3


    Jun 25, 2014
    NAND - Not AND
    NOR - Not OR

    The difference is the inverting output.
    (A and B) = AND (Both A and B must be true for the output to be true)
    NOT(A and B) = NAND (Both A and B must be true for the output to be false)
  3. thepipersson1980


    Jul 21, 2014
    Ok that makes sense... do you know anywhere where I can get some simple research tips please?
  4. Gryd3


    Jun 25, 2014
    I don't have anything readily available unfortunately. If I were to provide something, it would be a result or two from doing a google search.
    I'd encourage you to do more searching, and ask more questions when you hit a road block.
    Someone else may have a resource they enjoy. We'll have to hang around a little longer for them to reply.
  5. Arouse1973

    Arouse1973 Adam

    Dec 18, 2013
    I don't know if this is what you mean, gate functions like AND, OR, and NOT can be made from just NAND gates. A not gate is made by joining the two inputs of the NAND together (NOT NAND). AND is made by a NAND and a NOT NAND on the output. An OR is made by two NOT NAND gates on the input of a NAND one on each pin.
  6. thepipersson1980


    Jul 21, 2014
    Ok thanks for the replies guys and sorry for the late response I will check back tomorrow as I now have to go to work :(
  7. Ratch


    Mar 10, 2013
    Implementing any logic circuit with all NAND or NOR gates is a cut and dried process that just about any good logic book can show. The program in the attachment breaks down a logic expression into minterms. This enables you to see if your new implementation matches the original problem. Be sure to peruse the "readme" file.


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  8. Laplace


    Apr 4, 2010
  9. thepipersson1980


    Jul 21, 2014
    That has been a great help!!! thank you all, I think I now understand it a bit better certainly enough to answer this question anyway

    Thanks again
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