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Exercise 9: Floating point numbers on your system.

Explain the floating point number system on the machine that you are using.

Look up the representation for floating point numbers in the system you will be using for this course. Does it conform to the IEEE standard (standard 754)? How many bits are in the mantissa and exponent in single precision? In double precision? Does a double precision number really have twice as much precision as a single precision number? Explain.