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I am going through some book assignments.. and I am running into some terminology that doesn't make sense to me..

Impelement this class...

Class Cis Float

Cisfloat a("325.12315");

a+b

a * b

14 (exp # bits)

113 (sigment # bits)

10000........0 bias

what does the author mean by, "exp # bits", "sigment # bits" and "10000.....0 bias..?" I have been programming for a long time and have never ran into this terminology. I am tempted just to disregard these as an attempt to discract the programmer from the main objective as I could implement this class easily without regard to these miscelleneous terms.

please provide clarification if possible/applicable.

-davo