# Simple Karnaugh Map Question

Discussion in 'Homework Help' started by jegues, Dec 9, 2010.

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

Sep 13, 2010
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I'm confused about an aspect of Karnaugh maps.

When we have a map like indicated in the figure attached, how do we group appropriately?

I've always tried to group every 0 in the largest group possible, regardless whether or not the other 0's in the same group have been grouped already.

This will create redundant terms, correct?

How do I identify this and eliminate them?

The expression I come up with, with my groupings is,

$(x_{2} + x_{0})(x_{2} + x_{1})( \bar{x_{3}} + x_{0})(x_{1} + \bar{x_{0}} + x_{3})$

Thanks again!

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2. ### blah2222 Well-Known Member

May 3, 2010
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That's fine, might be more intuitive to do the Sum of Products (all the 1's, if the blanks are all 1's with no don't cares).

F = x1x0 + x0'x2x3' + x0x2x3

3. ### Georacer Moderator

Nov 25, 2009
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If you group the 1s (assuming that they are the rest of the squares), you need only 3 groups with less overlay, but with smaller groups.

I don't think overlaying hurts. If I grouped the 0s I would do it the same way you did.

4. ### zgozvrm Member

Oct 24, 2009
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That's correct! You want to get the fewest number of groups that contain all the 0's (or 1's). If a "straggler" can be grouped in a small group or a large group, use the large group.