Small valued numbers or scientific computing

Craig Newman dunbarx at aol.com
Sun Jun 23 22:35:55 EDT 2013


I may be old fashioned, in that I always thought that the Apple SANE limits, 19 digits, was still the law of the land. This is OS9 stuff, though and I could just be doddering. But it would mean that setting the number format to such an outrageous string would be futile, most of that string ignored by the OS. But I could be wrong.

Craig Newman

Sent from my iPhone

On Jun 23, 2013, at 10:20 PM, John <john at onechip.com> wrote:

>   It seems odd that I haven't stumbled into this before and I am sure I am doing something wrong, I just can't seem to find a better way around the issue of working with small numbers.
> 
>   Suppose I want to multiply two small numbers such as: 1.23456e-41 * 1e-20.  Unless I am happy with a result of 0, I have to use a really odd numberFormat statement such as:
> 
>  set the numberformat to "0.##########...############" where " …" represents sixty or so '#'
> 
> This seems really odd.  Surely there is a better way to do this.  Can someone help?
> 
> Thanks,
> John
> 
> 
> 
> _______________________________________________
> use-livecode mailing list
> use-livecode at lists.runrev.com
> Please visit this url to subscribe, unsubscribe and manage your subscription preferences:
> http://lists.runrev.com/mailman/listinfo/use-livecode




More information about the Use-livecode mailing list