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The characteristic of a number less than 1 is found by subtracting from 9 the number of ciphers between the decimal point and the first significant digit, and writing — 10 after the result.
Elements of Surveying: With the Necessary Tables - Page 15
by Charles Davies - 1830 - 306 pages

## Constructive Text-book of Practical Mathematics, Volume 2

Horace Wilmer Marsh - Mathematics - 1913 - 458 pages
...the decimal point. (2) Number less than 1. The number of integral figures in a decimal equals minus the number of ciphers between the decimal point and the first significant figure of the decimal. Thus 113.92 has 3 integral figures, .7896 has 0 integral figures, .00845 has...

## Logarithmic and Trigonometric Tables

Earle Raymond Hedrick - Logarithms - 1913 - 168 pages
...numbers less than 1. RULE II. The characteristic of a number less than 1 is found by subtracting from 9 the number of ciphers between the decimal point and the first significant digit, and writing — 10 after the result. Thus, the characteristic of log 845 is 2 by Rule I ; the...

## Trigonometry

Alfred Monroe Kenyon, Louis Ingold - Trigonometry - 1913 - 256 pages
...numbers less than 1. BULB II. The characteristic of a number less than 1 is found by subtracting from 9 the number of ciphers between the decimal point and the first significant digit, and writing — 10 after the result. Thus, the characteristic of log 845 is 2 by Rule I ; the...

## The Dublin University Calendar, Volume 1

Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland) - 1915 - 562 pages
...of the top of the castle is 45°. Find the height of the castle. 10. Given that log 2 = -3010, find the number of ciphers between the decimal point and the first significant figure in i 1000 .(I)' LOOIC. MR. ROOERS. I. Express each of the following in one of the four categorical...

## Five-figure Mathematical Tables: Consisting of Logs and Cologs of Numbers ...

Logarithms - 1915 - 386 pages
...la less than unity, but not an integral power of 10, the characteristic IB positive, and la equal to the number of ciphers between the decimal point and the first significant digit If the number ia greater than unity, but not an integral power of 10, the characteristic IB negative,...

## Machinery's Handbook for Machine Shop and Drafting-room: A Reference Book on ...

1915 - 1446 pages
...that is for numbers wholly decimal, the characteristic is negative and its numerical value is one more than the number of ciphers between the decimal point and the first decimal which is not a cipher. For example, the characteristic of the logarithm of 0.036 is ( — 2),...

## Tacheometer Surveying with Special Notes on Plotting, Care and Adjustment of ...

Mark Erskine Yorke Eliot - Surveying - 1916 - 222 pages
...and is positive ( +). When a number is entirely decimal, its slide-rule characteristic is the same as the number of ciphers between the decimal point and the first significant figure, and is negative ( — ). We have the following rules for determining the position of the decimal...

## The Modern Rifle ...

Jesse Randolph Bevis, John Alexander Donovan - Ballistics - 1917 - 208 pages
...is 2, of 1234.56 it is 3, etc. The characteristic of a decimal is negative and is a number one more than the number of ciphers between the decimal point and the first significant figure. Thus, the characteristic of 0.1 is -1, of 0.01 is -2, of 0.001 is -3, etc. The negative characteristic...