FloatingPointArithmetic

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Floating-Point Arithmetic about FLOATING POINT ARITHMETIC ------------------------------- arithmetic operations on floating point numbers consist of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division the operations are done with algorithms similar to those used on sign magnitude integers (because of the similarity of representation) -- example, only add numbers of the same sign. If the numbers are of opposite sign, must do subtraction. ADDITION example on decimal value given in scientific notation: 3.25 x 10 ** 3 + 2.63 x 10 ** -1 ----------------- first step: align decimal points second step: add 3.25 x 10 ** 3 + 0.000263 x 10 ** 3 -------------------- 3.250263 x 10 ** 3 (presumes use of infinite precision, without regard for accuracy) third step: normalize the result (already normalized!) example on fl pt. value given in binary: .25 = 0 01111101 00000000000000000000000 100 = 0 10000101 10010000000000000000000 to add these fl. pt. representations, step 1: align radix points shifting the mantissa LEFT by 1 bit DECREASES THE EXPONENT by 1 shifting the mantissa RIGHT by 1 bit INCREASES THE EXPONENT by 1 we want to shift the mantissa right, because the bits that fall off the end should come from the least significant end of the mantissa

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-> choose to shift the .25, since we want to increase it's exponent. -> shift by 10000101 -01111101 --------- 00001000 (8) places. 0 01111101 00000000000000000000000 (original value) 0 01111110 10000000000000000000000 (shifted 1 place) (note that hidden bit is shifted into msb of mantissa) 0 01111111 01000000000000000000000 (shifted 2 places) 0 10000000 00100000000000000000000 (shifted 3 places) 0 10000001 00010000000000000000000 (shifted 4 places)
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