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Range Of Numbers; Windows For Long Binary Numbers - HP -32S Owner's Manual

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Range of Numbers
The 36-bit word size determines the range of numbers that can be
represented in hexadecimal (9 digits), octal (12 digits), and binary
bases (36 digits), and the range of decimal numbers (11 digits) that
can be converted to these other bases.
Range of Numbers for Base Conversions
Base
Positive Integer
of Largest Magnitude
Negative Integer
of Largest Magnitude
Hexadecimal
Octal
Binary
Decimal
7FFFFFFFF
377777777777
011111111111111111
111111111111111111
34,359,738,367
800000000
400000000000
100000000000000000
000000000000000000
-34,359,738,368
When you key in numbers, the calculator will not accept more than
the maximum number of digits for each base. For example, if you at
tempt to key in a 10-digit hexadecimal number, digit entry halts and
the A. annunciator appears.
If a number entered in decimal base is outside the range given above,
then it produces the message TOO BIG in the other base modes. Any
operation using TOO BIG causes an overflow condition, which sub
stitutes the largest positive or negative number possible for the too-
big number.
Windows for Long Binary Numbers
The longest binary number can have 36 digits—three times as many
digits as fit in the display. Each 12-digit display of a long number is
called a window.
10: Base Conversions and Arithmetic
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