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If the number is less than 1, make the characteristic of the logarithm negative, and one unit more than the number of zeros between the decimal point and the first significant figure of the given number.
New School Algebra - Page 372
by George Albert Wentworth - 1898 - 407 pages

## Five Place Logarithmic Tables: Together with a Four Place Table of Natural ...

Charles Hamilton Ashton, Walter Randall Marsh - Trigonometry - 1902 - 136 pages
...The characteristic of the logarithm of any number le»» than 1 is always negative, and depends upon the number of zeros between the decimal point and the first significant digit. From the table it may be seen that any number less than 1 and containing no zeros between the...

## Five-place Logarithmic and Trigonometric Tables

George Albert Wentworth, George Anthony Hill - Logarithms - 1903 - 348 pages
...characteristic of the logarithm one unit less than the number of figures on the left of the decimal point. If the number is less than 1, make the characteristic...logarithm negative, and one unit more than the number of seros between the decimal point and the first significant figure of the given number. INTRODUCTION....

## Plane and Spherical Trigonometry and Tables

George Albert Wentworth - Trigonometry - 1903 - 346 pages
...number one more than the number of units in the characteristic. If the characteristic is negative, make the number of zeros between the decimal point and the first significant figure of the corresponding number one less than the number of units in the characteristic. Thus, the characteristic...

## Surveying and Tables

George Albert Wentworth - Surveying - 1903 - 210 pages
...number one more than the number of units in the characteristic. If the characteristic is negative, make the number of zeros between the decimal point and the first significant figure of the corresponding number one less than the number of units in the characteristic. Thus, the characteristic...

## Five-place Logarithmic and Trigonometric Tables

George Albert Wentworth, George Anthony Hill - Logarithms - 1903 - 298 pages
...number one more than the number of units in the characteristic. If the characteristic is negative, make the number of zeros between the decimal point and the first significant figure of the corresponding number one less than the number of units in the characteristic. Thus, the characteristic...

## Circular of the National Bureau of Standards, Issue 440

United States. National Bureau of Standards - Standardization - 1942 - 840 pages
...Sugars TABLE 128. — Method of obtaining — log T — Continued the characteristic is equal to minus the number of zeros between the decimal point and the first significant figure. Thus, the characteristic of T = 0.5 is 0; that of T = 0.005 (0.5 percent) is —2; etc. EXAMPLE 1....

## Elementary Algebra

Walter Randall Marsh - Algebra - 1905 - 446 pages
...logarithm of a number less than 1 will have a characteristic which is the difference between 9 and the number of zeros between the decimal point and the first significant digit, minus 10. Hence : The characteristic of the logarithm of any number less than 1 is negative,...

## Elementary Algebra

George Albert Wentworth - Algebra - 1906 - 440 pages
...number ; If the given number is less than 1, the characteristic of the logarithm is negative and is one unit more than the number of zeros between the...decimal point and the first significant figure of the number. Thus, the characteristic of log 2.8 is 0 ; the characteristic of log 4562.76 is 3 ; the characteristic...