Floating Point

As the name implies, floating point numbers are numbers that contain floating decimal points. For example, the numbers 5.5, 0.001, and 2,345.6789 are floating point numbers. Numbers that do not have decimal places are called integers.
Computers recognize real numbers that contain fractions as floating point numbers. When a calculation includes a floating point number, it is called a floating point calculation. Older computers used to have a separate floating point unit (FPU) that handled these calculations, but now the FPU is typically built into the computers CPU.
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