More on Computer Arithmetic

Computers usually assume implicitly that the most significant bit of the mantissa is 1 and hence increase the size of the mantissa. Thus, the normalised representation of floating point numbers is

Single Precision.

Numbers stored using 4 bytes, i.e. 32 bits, with a 1-bit sign indicator, an 8-bit exponenand a 23-bit mantissa are called single precision oating point. (Here,)

The absolute value of the largest and smallest single precision floating point numbers are,

andrespectively. The machine error isHence calculations are correct to 7 decimal places (i.e. numbers have 7 significant digits).

Note that, n = 0 and n = 255 are used to represent special values (zero, infinity).

Double precision

Numbers stored using 8 bytes, i.e. 64 bits, with a 1-bit sign indicator, an 11-bit exponent,and a 52-bit mantissa, are called double precision floating point. (Here,)

The absolute value of largest and smallest double precision floating point numbers are,andrespectively.

The machine errorHence calculations are correct to 16 decimal

places (i.e. numbers have 16 significant digits).

Again,andare used to represent special values.

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