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← Doubles Are Fuzzy - Intro to Java Programming

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  1. The problem here, is that the computer, works

  2. internally in a different number system called the
  3. binary number system, and there's no exact representation
  4. for 4.35 in that system. It's kind of
  5. similar to your pocket calculator. When you divide
  6. ten by three, you get 3.3333 and so
  7. on. And then when you multiply again with
  8. three, you would get 9.999999 and so on.
  9. And the reason is that there is no
  10. exact representation for the fraction ten over three
  11. in the decimal system. Now as programmers, we
  12. don't usually worry about the detail reasons why these
  13. round of errors occur, we just have the
  14. general intuition that floating point numbers are a little
  15. bit fuzzy. Just like the fuzzy photo over
  16. here, you can't quite rely on every last pixel.
  17. So when you get a number like 434.999 and
  18. so on, that's just something we have to deal with.
  19. Now, in this case, if we don't want to
  20. lose any pennies, the remedy would be to use integers
  21. and work in pennies. If this had been 435
  22. pennies as an integer, a 100 times 435 would not
  23. have been a problem. There are several other number
  24. types in Java that you may need in more technical
  25. situations, we've prepared a fact sheet for you. Go ahead, read through
  26. the worksheet, and then work with Sarah on a few quiz questions