vvv A Unique Approach to Digital Gates. Initial Digital Gate Concepts. Most textbooks present the basic concepts of 0 and 1 inputs, using a Truth Table to indicate the output results. Forget the 0s and 1s approach for now, Because there really is A MUCH better way. vvv Consider nicknaming the And Gate as the Only Gate. Even though the method of the truth table has been the Standard for many years, and does illustrate the basic concept of when either the AND Gate or the OR Gate is active, it is extremely cumbersome when it comes time to evaluate either of those gate conditions. This is especially true when there are multiple inputs to deal with. Here we only have 4 conditions, due to the fact that there are only 2 inputs, for 4 possible states. but if we have 3 inputs, for 8 possible states, or 5 inputs, for 32 possible states, a truth table gets unwieldy in a hurry. What if we had an AND Gate with 9 Inputs? Not only would that require a Truth Table with 512 possibilities, the evaluation process for those variables becomes e e e Well, you get the picture. Consider this simple fact about an AND Gate. No matter how many inputs there are, there is actually only ONE possible condition for an active gate. I suggest the nickname The ONLY Gate , because there is only that one time, out of all those possible combinations that the AND Gate will go active. Now we're suddenly making things much simpler and therefore much easier. + !