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  1. #1 What does 7.6e+42 mean? 
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    What would 1.1e+42 be in whole numbers? 1.1 followed by 42 zeros?


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    1.1e+42 is most likely a sloppy use of exponential notion, "E-notion." If so it should be 1.4E42, meaning 1.1 x 10^42. Note the capital E to distinguish it from Euler's constant which is usually denoted by a small "e."

    I think some programming languages, evidently designed by engineers (that struggled through calculus...lol) rather than scientist, use small e which confuses things.


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    11 followed by 41 zeros.
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    How do we know it isn't 1.1 to the 42nd power? That's what most calculators would hand you if you typed something like that in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iceaura View Post
    How do we know it isn't 1.1 to the 42nd power? That's what most calculators would hand you if you typed something like that in.
    Which ones? Most that I've seen use standard E-notion because of limited characters and ability to render an "E"
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