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Homework Help: 32-bit floating point binary query.

  1. Oct 16, 2012 #1
    I’m hoping that someone will be able to clarify these questions that I have been given as I’m very confused.

    1. Convert 56 832 into a 32-bit floating binary representation.
    2. Convert the 32-bit floating point binary representation B28C0F34 into decimal.

    I have watched a couple of YouTube videos and read some articles on the web about floating point numbers. I am under the impression that they are used to represent numbers with decimal points. Am I correct in thinking this? Maybe there has been a typo and the number should read 56.832?

    Also, how is B28C0F34 a 32-bit floating point binary representation?

    Any help would be much appreciated.


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  3. Oct 16, 2012 #2


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    Floating point numbers do not have to have a fractional part, but they may. So you should still be able to convert a whole number into a floating point number (the exponent is just zero).

    B28C0F34 is just a 32-bit quantity. Each letter/number represents a hex nibble 0-F. How you interpret the quantity is up to you (in this case you are to decode its floating point values).
  4. Oct 18, 2012 #3
    I spent some time on this earlier today and managed to figure floating point numbers out.

    Once again, thanks for the direction berkeman.
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