Again, in the use of decimals, it is unusual to give less than two figures.
Thus 143 and 14 286 represent respectively and i ° ° to the same number of places of decimals, but the latter is obviously more exact than the former.
In this table, unlike Table IV., amplitudes are all expressed as decimals of the mean value of the potential gradient for the corresponding season.
Expression in L and decimals of LI is usually recommended, but it depends on circumstances whether some other method may not be simpler.
Thus, if we go to two places of decimals, we have as the integral series the numbers 1, 2, 4, 8,.
He prints a bar under the decimals; this notation first appears without any explanation in his "Lucubrationes" appended to the Constructio.
We may take it to (say) 4 places of decimals; or we may suppose it to be taken to 1000 places.
The points of the compass might similarly be expressed by numbers in a binary scale; but the numbers would be ordinal, and the expressions would be analogous to those of decimals rather than to those of whole numbers.
If there is this tendency to adopt too as a basis instead of to, the teaching of decimals might sometimes be simplified by proceeding from percentages to percentages of percentages, i.e.
Also most fractions cannot be expressed exactly as decimals; and this is also the case for surds and logarithms, as well as for the numbers expressing certain ratios which arise out of geometrical relations.
A better method is to ignore the positions of the decimal points, and multiply the numbers as if they were decimals between I and i o.
Thus, to divide 8 5.9 by 3.14159 2 7 to two places of decimals, we in effect divide.
There was, however, no development in the direction of decimals in the modern sense, and the Arabs, by whom the Hindu notation of integers was brought to Europe, mainly used the sexagesimal division in the ' " "' notation.
To multiply two decimals exactly, we multiply them as if the point were absent, and then insert it so that the number of figures after the point in the product shall be equal to the sum of the numbers of figures after the points in the original decimals.
In actual practice, however, decimals only represent approximations, and the process has to be modified (§ 111).
For instance, .143 represents correct to 3 places of decimals, since it differs from it by less than 0005.
Multiply 970224 By The Year Of The Hegira, Cut Off Six Decimals From The Product, And Add 621.5774.
2, as base, and take as indices the successive decimal numbers to any particular number of places of decimals, we get a series of antilogarithms of the indices to this base.
This is the foundation of the use of recurring decimals; thus we can replace = s s = 1 o o /(' - 1 + 0 -)1 by .363636(=36/102 +36/ 104 +3 6 / 106), with an error (in defect) of only 36/(10 6.99).
Taking, for example, the number 1.087678, the object is to destroy the significant figure 8 in the second place of decimals; this is effected by multiplying the number by 1- 08, that is, by subtracting from the number eight times itself advanced two places, and we thus obtain 100066376.
The logarithms to base io of the first twelve numbers to 7 places of decimals are log 1 =0.0000000 log 5 log 2 = 0.3010300 log 6 log 3 =0.477 121 3 log 7 log 4 =0.6020600 log 8 The meaning of these results is that The integral part of a logarithm is called the index or characteristic, and the fractional part the mantissa.
Sums and Differences of Decimals 6.7 77.
On the other hand, in writing decimals, the sequence (of negative powers) is from left to right.
Briggs also used decimals, but in a form not quite so convenient as Napier.
As an arithmetical calculator he was not only wonderfully expert, but he seems to have occasionally found a positive delight in working out to an enormous number of places of decimals the result of some irksome calculation.