Fraction Place Value Method Simulation

written by Teresa Carrigan

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This model demonstrates the Place Value method of converting a floating point number from any base to decimal. You may choose any base in the range of two to sixteen, with a maximum of five digits to the right of the radix point.



The Place Value method first determines the powers by counting the digits starting with zero on the right. Next, the place value of each digit is determined. The place value is the base to the power determined in the first step. The third step is to multiply each digit by its place-value. The last step is to add all the products calculated in the third step. This gives us the decimal equivalent of an unsigned representation in another base.


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