anonymous
  • anonymous
What does -3.4 E + 38 mean? (In normal number terms).
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anonymous
  • anonymous
is that -3.4^38 ?
across
  • across
That means -340000000000000000000000000000000000000.
anonymous
  • anonymous
-3.4x10^38

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anonymous
  • anonymous
Oh! Thanks @across :) so the +38 means plus thirty eight zeroes right?
anonymous
  • anonymous
Basically yes. If it were -38, you'd move the decimal place the other direction, such that it would become -0.0000000...034.
anonymous
  • anonymous
oh. and what does 172.5E5 mean?
anonymous
  • anonymous
It means 17250000.
anonymous
  • anonymous
so -3.4 E +38 could also be written as -3.4E39? (39 cuz the 4 comes after the decimal)
anonymous
  • anonymous
No. -3.4*10^38 (note that this is the same as -3.4E+38 it's just a slightly different, and I'd say probably more common, notation) is equivalent to -0.34*10^39.
anonymous
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oh. i geddit! thanks :)

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