In this computer, numbers are stored in $12$-bits. We will also assume that for a floating point (real) number, $6$ bits of these bits are reserved for the mantissa (or significand) with $2^{k-1}-1$ as the exponent bias (where $k$ is the number of bits for the characteristic).


What pair of floating point numbers could be represented by these $24$-bits?

I have gone this far:

As described above that each number is of $12$ bit so we get each number


First one is $0$ bit so it is positive and

Mantissa will be $100110$

Exponent will be $11100b=28$

my unbiased exponent will be $2^{28-15}=2^{13}$

How to find the floating point number from here?


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Usually the mantissa is considered to have a binary point after the first bit, so your mantissa would be $1.1100_2=\frac 74=1.75_{10}$. Sometimes a leading $1$ is assumed, so your mantissa would be $(1).11100_2=\frac{15}8=1.875_{10}$ This gives one more bit of precision. To find the exponent, you subtract the offset from the stored value. You probably meant $2^{k-1}-1$ as the offset. Can you do that?

  • $\begingroup$ Yes I did a mistake there.It will be 2^(k-1)-1. $\endgroup$
    – Wolverine
    Apr 5, 2015 at 17:20
  • $\begingroup$ Can you please show the calculations for the first one? I will do it for the second one. $\endgroup$
    – Wolverine
    Apr 5, 2015 at 17:22
  • $\begingroup$ What is $k$? Can you compute $2^{k-1}-1$ and subtract it from $38$? That is the power of $2$ to multiply your mantissa by. $\endgroup$ Apr 5, 2015 at 17:26
  • $\begingroup$ k is 5 here.So I need to multiply it (38-15) ie 23. $\endgroup$
    – Wolverine
    Apr 5, 2015 at 17:29
  • $\begingroup$ It looks to me like $k=6$-you have six bits of exponent. The point of the offset is that six bits of unsigned binary ranges from 0 to 63. With an offset of $2^{6-1}-1=31$ you get a range from $2^{-31}$ to $2^{32}$, which is (reasonably) logarithmically centered around $1$. You need to subtract this number from $38$ (the opposite sense of your last comment) to get $5$, so you multiply the mantissa by $2^5$ $\endgroup$ Apr 5, 2015 at 17:33

I’m not an expert so please help me out if you find a mistake. Thank you in advance.

The 12-bit coding should be in this format:

  1. Bit 11, the sign
  2. Bit 10-6, the exponent
  3. Bit 5-0, the mantissa


  1. As far as I know the exponent is not represented with sign but as 2’s complement
  2. The mantissa has the most significant bit (bit 5, the far-left) as $2^{-1}$ and the least significant bit (bit 0) as $2^{-6}$.

Now the first code: $011100100110$

  1. Bit 11=0: positive number
  2. Exponent: $11100_2=12$
  3. Mantissa: $100110\rightarrow 1.100110_2=1\frac{19}{32}$
  4. Final answer:$1\frac{19}{32}\cdot 2^{12}\approx 6528.$

Second code:$010111110011$

  1. Bit 11=0: positive number
  2. Exponent: $10111_2=7$
  3. Mantissa: $110011\rightarrow 1.110011_2=1\frac{51}{64}$
  4. Final answer: $1\frac{51}{64}\cdot 2^7=\frac{115}{32768}\approx 230.$

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