In the Secret Handshake exercise, the test cases require the right-most bit to be seen first. However, in the second point in the example with the number 9, the instructions say “the digit farthest from the right…” when it should be “closest to the right”.

If approved, I’ll quickly submit a PR to fix this!

Another thing: the exercise says “the rightmost five digits of the number once it’s been converted to binary”. However, the provided number will definitely be between 1 and 31 (mentioned in the instructions), so there’s no need to look at the “rightmost” five digits: just the five digits.

Hi Isaac,
Firstly, I pointed out the fact that the right most bit should be seen first, but the instructions tell you to first see the digit farthest from the right, that is, the left-most bit. This is contradictory, and it should be “the digit closest to the right”.

You’ve understood my second point correctly. No, it isn’t wrong, but it’s unnecessary and potentially misleading for beginners who don’t realize that 2 ^ 5 - 1 is 31 (I think this can be explicitly pointed out in the exercise, too) and might therefore think that they need to specifically extract the rightmost five digits, while they need not do anything of the sort as the provided number will always have at most 5 digits. Removing the word rightmost clarifies this, and again, we should perhaps explicitly note this point.

That’s right, Matthijs! Or preferably, as we won’t repeat the same word, “closest to the right”. This will explain the same thing in two different ways, allowing people to understand better.

“Farthest to the right” means “rightmost”. “Farthest from the right” means “leftmost”. In the future, please do provide links and copy/paste when possible. “To” and “from” are in some way opposites and not at all the same