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Topic: Precision
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Ray Koopman

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Re: Precision
Posted: Jan 7, 2013 11:05 PM
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On Jan 4, 11:17 pm, Rob Ryan <> wrote:
> My frustration is growing. I simply want to add (for example):
> 103971.66+52282.64+2998.27. These are dollars and cents and I'd
> like to keep the cents. But when I input that line, I get 159923.
> When I input: N[(103971.66+52282.64+2998.27),20] I STILL get 159923.
> What do I do to get 159952.57? I've used "SetPrecision", etc.
> with still no result.
> I note that when I type 103971.66 and hit shift-return, the
> output is 103972. If I then type "InputForm[%]" I get 103971.66.
> There simply has to be an easy way to add these numbers -
> any calculator watch can do it!

If you want the cents to *always* print, use PaddedForm with an
explicit request for 2 digits to the right of the decimal point.

s = 103971.66 + 52282.64 + 2998.27


t = s + .43


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