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Floating Point Binary Definition

This system is used to store very large numbers. The number is represented by two seperate parts called a Mantissa and an Exponent.

For example, the number 1,200,000,000,000 would be written as 0.12 x 1013. Here, 0.12 is the mantissa, and 13 is the exponent. If the exponent is negative, the decimal point is moved to the left, opposed to the right as above, and so, very small numbers can be stored.

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