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*Subject*: Re: [amsat-bb] AO-10 Keps*From*: Krin135@xxxxxxx*Date*: Mon, 16 Nov 1998 06:48:50 EST

In a message dated 15-Nov-1998 23:34:45 Central Standard Time, bobbiej@vnet.net writes: > > > >>Algebra 101, here... Anything to the power 0, is equal to 1. Any proper > >>calculator, or math professor, or anyone else that's got a math brain > >>will inform you of that fact. > > > >True, but you're missing the point. > > > >Elementary arithmetic, here ... 0.0 times anything is still zero. > > > >Scientific notation like "X.YYY eZZ" means the value X.YYY > >multiplied by the ZZ power of ten. If X.YYY is zero, then it > >doesn't matter what power of ten you multiply it by; ZZ > >doesn't matter. If ZZ is 0, then (as you say) the power of ten > >part is equal to 1. No matter, 0.0 times 1 is still zero. > > > >The point is that "0.0 e0" is a perfectly valid way to express > >a value of zero. Some programs that read Keplerian elements > >apparently get this wrong. That's a bug in the program. > > > >73 -Paul > >kb5mu@amsat.org > > Good work Paul. Glad that you pointed out the problem with the software bug. > Just think what the same type programming will accomplish after Dec 31, > 1999. > > Bobbie > > ---- Incidentally, the scientific calculator in Win 95 does return "0" as the answer to 0.0 e000, although in MS Works 4.5, it does return "err." ck -- Charles S. Krin, DO FAAFP Member, PGBFH KC5EVN ---- Via the amsat-bb mailing list at AMSAT.ORG courtesy of AMSAT-NA. To unsubscribe, send "unsubscribe amsat-bb" to Majordomo@amsat.org

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