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 November 3rd, 2007, 11:48 AM #1 Senior Member   Joined: Apr 2007 Posts: 2,140 Thanks: 0 Double-Precision in C++ The following source code includes the term "double". I need to know the exact defintion of "double". I kinda know what it means, but I still need to know what is the term "double" is for. Code: #include int main() { double radius; double area; // Step 1: Read in radius radius = 20 // Step 2: Compute the area area = radius * radius * 3.14159 // Step 3: Display the area std::cout << "The area is " << area << std::endl; return 0; }
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Re: Double-Precision in C++

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 Originally Posted by johnny The following source code includes the term "double". I need to know the exact defintion of "double". I kinda know what it means, but I still need to know what is the term "double" is for.
Without knowing why you want to know, I risk giving too much or too little information.

"double" is like "float", except it typically uses twice as many bits. Double is usually 64 bits, holding values up to about 10^308. It has all the special characteristics of float: infinities, NaN, signed zeros, and subnormal numbers.

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