IEEE 754 Notation

A quick summary of IEEE 754 Notation:

The Problem - How can you write a floating-point
number in a form that the computer can understand?

A Solution - It's easier than you might suspect.

The Messy Details

Examples using ugly numbers:

Additional resources:

A nice Java
applet that converts floating point to single-precision IEEE 754
form. (Courtesy of WPI)

**Coming Soon:** Jon Mathews' conversion programs (TI BASIC)

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By: S. Orley, J.
Mathews
Last Modified: 9 October 2000
Send questions and corrections to
selavi@iastate.edu*