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" The characteristic of a number less than 1 is found by subtracting from 9 the number of ciphers between the decimal point and the first significant digit, and writing — 10 after the result. "
Elements of Surveying: With the Necessary Tables - Page 15
by Charles Davies - 1830 - 306 pages
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The Theory and Practice of Surveying: Containing All the Instructions ...

Robert Gibson - Surveying - 1833 - 436 pages
...would be — 3. It is, indeed, evident, that the negative characteristic will always be one greater than the number of ciphers between the decimal point and the first significant place of figures ; therefore, the logarithm of a decimal fraction is found, by considering it as a whole number, and...
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Elements of Geometry and Trigonometry

Adrien Marie Legendre - Geometry - 1836 - 359 pages
...decimal fraction is found, by considering it as a whole number, and then prefixing to the decimal part of its logarithm a negative characteristic, greater by...point and the first significant place of figures. Thus, the logarithm of .0412, is 2.614897. PROBLEM. To find from the table, a number answering to a...
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A Table of Logarithms: Of Logarithmic Sines, and a Traverse Table

Logarithms - 1836 - 177 pages
...would be — 3. It is, indeed, evident, that the negative characteristic will always be one greater than the number of ciphers between the decimal point and the first significant place of figures ; therefore, the logarithm of a decimal fraction is found, by considering it as a whole number, and...
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Elements of Surveying: Including a Description of the Instruments and the ...

Charles Davies - Navigation - 1837 - 336 pages
...decimal fraction is found, by considering it as a whole number, and then prefixing to the decimal part of its logarithm a negative characteristic greater by...than the number of ciphers between the decimal point ana the first significant figure. That we may not, for a moment, suppose the negative sign to belong...
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Elements of Surveying: With a Description of the Instruments and the ...

Charles Davies - Surveying - 1839 - 376 pages
...decimal fraction is found, by considering it as a whole number, and then prefixing to the decimal part of its logarithm a negative characteristic greater by...than the number of ciphers between the decimal point ana the first significant figure. That we may not, for a moment, suppose the negative sign to belong...
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Elements of Surveying: With a Description of the Instruments and the ...

Charles Davies - Surveying - 1839 - 380 pages
...fraction is found, by considering it ' as a whole number, and then prefixing to the decimal part of its logarithm a negative characteristic greater by...than the number of ciphers between the decimal point ana the first significant figure. That we may not, for a moment, suppose the negative sign to belong...
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Elements of Surveying, and Navigation: With a Description of the Instruments ...

Charles Davies - Navigation - 1841 - 406 pages
...fraction is found, by considering it as a whole number, and then prefixing to the deci. mal part of its logarithm a negative characteristic greater by...than the number of ciphers between the decimal point ana the first significant figure. That we may not, for a moment, suppose the negative sign to belong...
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Elements of Algebra: Including Sturms' Theorem

Charles Davies - Algebra - 1845 - 368 pages
...be found from the tables, by uniting to the logarithm of its numerator, regarded as a whole number, a negative characteristic greater by unity than the...between the decimal point and the first significant figure. To demonstrate this in a general manner, let a denote the numerator of a decimal fraction,...
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Elements of Plane and Spherical Trigonometry: With Practical Applications

Benjamin Greenleaf - Geometry - 1862 - 514 pages
...Ttte characteristic of the logarithm о/1 ANY DECIMAL FRACTION is a negative number, and it one more than the number of ciphers between the decimal point and the first significant figure. For it has been shown (Art 4) that the logarithm of 0.1 is — 1, of 0.01 is — 2, of 0.001...
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Elements of Geometry and Trigonometry: With Practical Applications

Benjamin Greenleaf - Geometry - 1862 - 520 pages
...characteristic of the logarithm O/'ANY DECIMAL FRACTION is a negative number, and is one more tftan the number of ciphers between the decimal point and the first significant figure. For it has been shown (Art. 4) that the logarithm of 0.1 is — 1, of 0.01 is — 2, of 0.001...
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