# 5 Variable Karnaugh Map

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by jegues, Sep 27, 2010.

1. ### jegues Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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See figure attached for problem statement, as well as my attempt.

This is my first time attempting a 5 variable K-map, but I followed the tutorial on the site and this is what I came up with.

Can anyone see any problems with my simplified SOP? Or my K-map in general?

I'm not sure if this is right, but I'd like to know before I proceed with the simplified POS expression, as well as trying to simplify it even further using functional decomposition.

Thanks again!

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2. ### Georacer Moderator

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D is for Don't Care, right?

I used a software to check on your answer and it replied:
$\bar{x_2}\bar{x_3}{x_4}\bar{x_5}+\bar{x_1}\bar{x_2}x_3 x_5
+x_2x_3x_4\bar{x_5}+x_1x_2x_3x_4+x_1\bar{x_2}\bar{x_3}x_4+\bar{x_2}x_3\bar{x_4}$

I guess one of us is wrong. Here is the PrintScreen (well, the Snagit):

I haven't read your method on solving a 5-variable Carnot map. Personally I have never done so. So I suggest you revise your method. Propably you must have misunderstood something.

3. ### jegues Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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Hmph. I read the method right off this site, maybe I misunderstood something.

Can someone give me a better idea of where I went wrong?

If I don't know what I did wrong, then I don't know what to do different next time.

Thanks again.

4. ### t_n_k AAC Fanatic!

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I had a go following the AAC layout for the map ...

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5. ### Georacer Moderator

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Yes, tnk found the same solution as me, but he did a transformation of the variables (unintentionaly). I 'm not sure if this is ok. Only if you rename your variables from the beginning the solutions will match.

In any case, we have ensured that your application of the Carnot map was the problematic spot.

6. ### jegues Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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I'm trying to do another Karnot map attempt but I dont know which squares represent which minterms, I could look at the binary value for each one and place a 1 there but that takes a long time.

Is there a quick way to see what minterms are where?

EDIT: Nevermind I can see it now on tnk's map

Thank you! I was finally able to obtain the same answer.

I had placed my 1's and x's in the wrong place on my map, but now I know where each minterm goes so I can do it.

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7. ### t_n_k AAC Fanatic!

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Hi Georacer,

I believe I followed the convention outlined here ..

My pdf attachment also includes a verification of the minterms for SOP notation.

I've included a check for your equation which doesn't tally with the above convention. I think you may have transformed the variables.

• ###### Map Table1.pdf
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8. ### Georacer Moderator

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It seems I am so sloppy these days I can't read my own notes. I had created a text file RIGHT NEXT to the .exe, specifying explicitly that the correct order of the variables is EABCD, since the 5-variable version of the software is faulty (hey, it's a freeware).

So, yes, all the cudos to you.

P.S. I just discovered that it is spelled Karnaugh and not Carnot. It was a shocking discovery for a spelling maniac like me.

9. ### t_n_k AAC Fanatic!

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Hi Georacer,

You should see some of my 'Bloopers'!

In the end it was all about which variable was the least significant bit. As you pointed out in an earlier post the method was fine. Looks like the OP has the problem under control - which is a good outcome.

10. ### Georacer Moderator

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So we can give ourselves a pat in the back and get us a beer!

11. ### t_n_k AAC Fanatic!

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Yes indeed - Cheers!