Convert -0.703 123 to 32 Bit Single Precision IEEE 754 Binary Floating Point Standard, From a Base 10 Decimal Number

-0.703 123(10) to 32 bit single precision IEEE 754 binary floating point (1 bit for sign, 8 bits for exponent, 23 bits for mantissa) = ?

1. Start with the positive version of the number:

|-0.703 123| = 0.703 123

2. First, convert to the binary (base 2) the integer part: 0.
Divide the number repeatedly by 2.

Keep track of each remainder.

We stop when we get a quotient that is equal to zero.

  • division = quotient + remainder;
  • 0 ÷ 2 = 0 + 0;

3. Construct the base 2 representation of the integer part of the number.

Take all the remainders starting from the bottom of the list constructed above.

0(10) =


0(2)


4. Convert to the binary (base 2) the fractional part: 0.703 123.

Multiply it repeatedly by 2.


Keep track of each integer part of the results.


Stop when we get a fractional part that is equal to zero.


  • #) multiplying = integer + fractional part;
  • 1) 0.703 123 × 2 = 1 + 0.406 246;
  • 2) 0.406 246 × 2 = 0 + 0.812 492;
  • 3) 0.812 492 × 2 = 1 + 0.624 984;
  • 4) 0.624 984 × 2 = 1 + 0.249 968;
  • 5) 0.249 968 × 2 = 0 + 0.499 936;
  • 6) 0.499 936 × 2 = 0 + 0.999 872;
  • 7) 0.999 872 × 2 = 1 + 0.999 744;
  • 8) 0.999 744 × 2 = 1 + 0.999 488;
  • 9) 0.999 488 × 2 = 1 + 0.998 976;
  • 10) 0.998 976 × 2 = 1 + 0.997 952;
  • 11) 0.997 952 × 2 = 1 + 0.995 904;
  • 12) 0.995 904 × 2 = 1 + 0.991 808;
  • 13) 0.991 808 × 2 = 1 + 0.983 616;
  • 14) 0.983 616 × 2 = 1 + 0.967 232;
  • 15) 0.967 232 × 2 = 1 + 0.934 464;
  • 16) 0.934 464 × 2 = 1 + 0.868 928;
  • 17) 0.868 928 × 2 = 1 + 0.737 856;
  • 18) 0.737 856 × 2 = 1 + 0.475 712;
  • 19) 0.475 712 × 2 = 0 + 0.951 424;
  • 20) 0.951 424 × 2 = 1 + 0.902 848;
  • 21) 0.902 848 × 2 = 1 + 0.805 696;
  • 22) 0.805 696 × 2 = 1 + 0.611 392;
  • 23) 0.611 392 × 2 = 1 + 0.222 784;
  • 24) 0.222 784 × 2 = 0 + 0.445 568;

We didn't get any fractional part that was equal to zero. But we had enough iterations (over Mantissa limit) and at least one integer that was different from zero => FULL STOP (losing precision...)


5. Construct the base 2 representation of the fractional part of the number.

Take all the integer parts of the multiplying operations, starting from the top of the constructed list above:

0.703 123(10) =


0.1011 0011 1111 1111 1101 1110(2)


6. Positive number before normalization:

0.703 123(10) =


0.1011 0011 1111 1111 1101 1110(2)


7. Normalize the binary representation of the number.

Shift the decimal mark 1 positions to the right so that only one non zero digit remains to the left of it:

0.703 123(10) =


0.1011 0011 1111 1111 1101 1110(2) =


0.1011 0011 1111 1111 1101 1110(2) × 20 =


1.0110 0111 1111 1111 1011 110(2) × 2-1


8. Up to this moment, there are the following elements that would feed into the 32 bit single precision IEEE 754 binary floating point representation:

Sign: 1 (a negative number)


Exponent (unadjusted): -1


Mantissa (not normalized):
1.0110 0111 1111 1111 1011 110


9. Adjust the exponent.

Use the 8 bit excess/bias notation:

Exponent (adjusted) =


Exponent (unadjusted) + 2(8-1) - 1 =


-1 + 2(8-1) - 1 =


(-1 + 127)(10) =


126(10)


10. Convert the adjusted exponent from the decimal (base 10) to 8 bit binary.

Use the same technique of repeatedly dividing by 2:

  • division = quotient + remainder;
  • 126 ÷ 2 = 63 + 0;
  • 63 ÷ 2 = 31 + 1;
  • 31 ÷ 2 = 15 + 1;
  • 15 ÷ 2 = 7 + 1;
  • 7 ÷ 2 = 3 + 1;
  • 3 ÷ 2 = 1 + 1;
  • 1 ÷ 2 = 0 + 1;

11. Construct the base 2 representation of the adjusted exponent.

Take all the remainders starting from the bottom of the list constructed above:

Exponent (adjusted) =


126(10) =


0111 1110(2)


12. Normalize the mantissa.

a) Remove the leading (the leftmost) bit, since it's allways 1, and the decimal point, if the case.

b) Adjust its length to 23 bits, only if necessary (not the case here).

Mantissa (normalized) =


1. 011 0011 1111 1111 1101 1110 =


011 0011 1111 1111 1101 1110


13. The three elements that make up the number's 32 bit single precision IEEE 754 binary floating point representation:

Sign (1 bit) =
1 (a negative number)


Exponent (8 bits) =
0111 1110


Mantissa (23 bits) =
011 0011 1111 1111 1101 1110


Number -0.703 123 converted from decimal system (base 10) to 32 bit single precision IEEE 754 binary floating point:
1 - 0111 1110 - 011 0011 1111 1111 1101 1110

(32 bits IEEE 754)
  • Sign (1 bit):

    • 1

      31
  • Exponent (8 bits):

    • 0

      30
    • 1

      29
    • 1

      28
    • 1

      27
    • 1

      26
    • 1

      25
    • 1

      24
    • 0

      23
  • Mantissa (23 bits):

    • 0

      22
    • 1

      21
    • 1

      20
    • 0

      19
    • 0

      18
    • 1

      17
    • 1

      16
    • 1

      15
    • 1

      14
    • 1

      13
    • 1

      12
    • 1

      11
    • 1

      10
    • 1

      9
    • 1

      8
    • 1

      7
    • 1

      6
    • 0

      5
    • 1

      4
    • 1

      3
    • 1

      2
    • 1

      1
    • 0

      0

More operations of this kind:

-0.703 124 = ? ... -0.703 122 = ?


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How to convert decimal numbers from base ten to 32 bit single precision IEEE 754 binary floating point standard

Follow the steps below to convert a base 10 decimal number to 32 bit single precision IEEE 754 binary floating point:

  • 1. If the number to be converted is negative, start with its the positive version.
  • 2. First convert the integer part. Divide repeatedly by 2 the base ten positive representation of the integer number that is to be converted to binary, until we get a quotient that is equal to zero, keeping track of each remainder.
  • 3. Construct the base 2 representation of the positive integer part of the number, by taking all the remainders of the previous dividing operations, starting from the bottom of the list constructed above. Thus, the last remainder of the divisions becomes the first symbol (the leftmost) of the base two number, while the first remainder becomes the last symbol (the rightmost).
  • 4. Then convert the fractional part. Multiply the number repeatedly by 2, until we get a fractional part that is equal to zero, keeping track of each integer part of the results.
  • 5. Construct the base 2 representation of the fractional part of the number by taking all the integer parts of the previous multiplying operations, starting from the top of the constructed list above (they should appear in the binary representation, from left to right, in the order they have been calculated).
  • 6. Normalize the binary representation of the number, by shifting the decimal point (or if you prefer, the decimal mark) "n" positions either to the left or to the right, so that only one non zero digit remains to the left of the decimal point.
  • 7. Adjust the exponent in 8 bit excess/bias notation and then convert it from decimal (base 10) to 8 bit binary, by using the same technique of repeatedly dividing by 2, as shown above:
    Exponent (adjusted) = Exponent (unadjusted) + 2(8-1) - 1
  • 8. Normalize mantissa, remove the leading (leftmost) bit, since it's allways '1' (and the decimal sign if the case) and adjust its length to 23 bits, either by removing the excess bits from the right (losing precision...) or by adding extra '0' bits to the right.
  • 9. Sign (it takes 1 bit) is either 1 for a negative or 0 for a positive number.

Example: convert the negative number -25.347 from decimal system (base ten) to 32 bit single precision IEEE 754 binary floating point:

  • 1. Start with the positive version of the number:

    |-25.347| = 25.347

  • 2. First convert the integer part, 25. Divide it repeatedly by 2, keeping track of each remainder, until we get a quotient that is equal to zero:
    • division = quotient + remainder;
    • 25 ÷ 2 = 12 + 1;
    • 12 ÷ 2 = 6 + 0;
    • 6 ÷ 2 = 3 + 0;
    • 3 ÷ 2 = 1 + 1;
    • 1 ÷ 2 = 0 + 1;
    • We have encountered a quotient that is ZERO => FULL STOP
  • 3. Construct the base 2 representation of the integer part of the number by taking all the remainders of the previous dividing operations, starting from the bottom of the list constructed above:

    25(10) = 1 1001(2)

  • 4. Then convert the fractional part, 0.347. Multiply repeatedly by 2, keeping track of each integer part of the results, until we get a fractional part that is equal to zero:
    • #) multiplying = integer + fractional part;
    • 1) 0.347 × 2 = 0 + 0.694;
    • 2) 0.694 × 2 = 1 + 0.388;
    • 3) 0.388 × 2 = 0 + 0.776;
    • 4) 0.776 × 2 = 1 + 0.552;
    • 5) 0.552 × 2 = 1 + 0.104;
    • 6) 0.104 × 2 = 0 + 0.208;
    • 7) 0.208 × 2 = 0 + 0.416;
    • 8) 0.416 × 2 = 0 + 0.832;
    • 9) 0.832 × 2 = 1 + 0.664;
    • 10) 0.664 × 2 = 1 + 0.328;
    • 11) 0.328 × 2 = 0 + 0.656;
    • 12) 0.656 × 2 = 1 + 0.312;
    • 13) 0.312 × 2 = 0 + 0.624;
    • 14) 0.624 × 2 = 1 + 0.248;
    • 15) 0.248 × 2 = 0 + 0.496;
    • 16) 0.496 × 2 = 0 + 0.992;
    • 17) 0.992 × 2 = 1 + 0.984;
    • 18) 0.984 × 2 = 1 + 0.968;
    • 19) 0.968 × 2 = 1 + 0.936;
    • 20) 0.936 × 2 = 1 + 0.872;
    • 21) 0.872 × 2 = 1 + 0.744;
    • 22) 0.744 × 2 = 1 + 0.488;
    • 23) 0.488 × 2 = 0 + 0.976;
    • 24) 0.976 × 2 = 1 + 0.952;
    • We didn't get any fractional part that was equal to zero. But we had enough iterations (over Mantissa limit = 23) and at least one integer part that was different from zero => FULL STOP (losing precision...).
  • 5. Construct the base 2 representation of the fractional part of the number, by taking all the integer parts of the previous multiplying operations, starting from the top of the constructed list above:

    0.347(10) = 0.0101 1000 1101 0100 1111 1101(2)

  • 6. Summarizing - the positive number before normalization:

    25.347(10) = 1 1001.0101 1000 1101 0100 1111 1101(2)

  • 7. Normalize the binary representation of the number, shifting the decimal point 4 positions to the left so that only one non-zero digit stays to the left of the decimal point:

    25.347(10) =
    1 1001.0101 1000 1101 0100 1111 1101(2) =
    1 1001.0101 1000 1101 0100 1111 1101(2) × 20 =
    1.1001 0101 1000 1101 0100 1111 1101(2) × 24

  • 8. Up to this moment, there are the following elements that would feed into the 32 bit single precision IEEE 754 binary floating point:

    Sign: 1 (a negative number)

    Exponent (unadjusted): 4

    Mantissa (not-normalized): 1.1001 0101 1000 1101 0100 1111 1101

  • 9. Adjust the exponent in 8 bit excess/bias notation and then convert it from decimal (base 10) to 8 bit binary (base 2), by using the same technique of repeatedly dividing it by 2, as already demonstrated above:

    Exponent (adjusted) = Exponent (unadjusted) + 2(8-1) - 1 = (4 + 127)(10) = 131(10) =
    1000 0011(2)

  • 10. Normalize the mantissa, remove the leading (leftmost) bit, since it's allways '1' (and the decimal point) and adjust its length to 23 bits, by removing the excess bits from the right (losing precision...):

    Mantissa (not-normalized): 1.1001 0101 1000 1101 0100 1111 1101

    Mantissa (normalized): 100 1010 1100 0110 1010 0111

  • Conclusion:

    Sign (1 bit) = 1 (a negative number)

    Exponent (8 bits) = 1000 0011

    Mantissa (23 bits) = 100 1010 1100 0110 1010 0111

  • Number -25.347, converted from the decimal system (base 10) to 32 bit single precision IEEE 754 binary floating point =


    1 - 1000 0011 - 100 1010 1100 0110 1010 0111