# What is this? (a subscripted number)

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In summary, a subscripted number is a smaller font numerical value that is placed below the baseline of a larger number or letter. It is used to represent a specific position or quantity in mathematical and scientific equations. This is different from a regular number, which stands alone as a numerical value. The purpose of using subscripted numbers is to organize and clarify complex equations. They are typically formatted in smaller font and placed below the baseline of the main number or letter, often enclosed in parentheses. Subscripted numbers can be used in various types of equations, including chemical formulas, algebraic expressions, and physics equations.
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Does anyone know what the small 10 to the right of -97 means?

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Without more context, my guess would be that it indicates -97 in base 10. (Maybe as opposed to e.g. base 16, i.e. hexadecimal?)

Re: What is this?

Krylov said:
Without more context, my guess would be that it indicates -97 in base 10. (Maybe as opposed to e.g. base 16, i.e. hexadecimal?)

Yeah, I'm sure you're right. It's a computer science book I'm reading so that would make sense. Thought maybe it was a way to represent a logarithm I never saw before.

Thanks!

## 1. What is a subscripted number?

A subscripted number is a numerical value that is written in a smaller font and placed below the baseline of a larger number or letter. It is used to indicate a specific position or quantity in a mathematical or scientific equation.

## 2. How is a subscripted number different from a regular number?

A subscripted number is typically used to represent a specific value or quantity in a larger equation, while a regular number stands alone as a numerical value. Additionally, subscripted numbers are written in a smaller font and are placed below the baseline of the main number or letter.

## 3. What is the purpose of using subscripted numbers?

Subscripted numbers are commonly used in mathematical and scientific equations to represent a specific position or quantity, such as the number of atoms in a molecule or the coefficient of a variable in an algebraic expression. They help to organize and clarify complex equations.

## 4. How are subscripted numbers formatted?

Subscripted numbers are typically written in a smaller font and are placed below the baseline of the main number or letter. In mathematical equations, they are often enclosed in parentheses to indicate their significance and avoid confusion with regular numbers.

## 5. Can subscripted numbers be used in any type of equation?

Yes, subscripted numbers can be used in a variety of mathematical and scientific equations, including chemical formulas, algebraic expressions, and physics equations. They are a useful tool for representing specific quantities and positions within these equations.

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