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There are two effects concerning non-integer arithmetic involved:

-1- There is no way to get generally closed round-trips by conversion between the dyadic and the decimal representation of numbers with fixed lengths (numbers of digits) for either system. Exact conversion from decimal to dyadic is strictly impossible for most non-integer starting values. Exact conversion from dyadic to decimal is only generally possible (in an impractical sense) if as many decimal digits are allowed as dyadic digits were used (which are in practice 52 for most computer applications).

-2- Cancellation of significant digits by subtraction. See this paragraph in the English wikipedia and the article it is contained in. The effect may manifest itself as a stepping forward of insignificant digits.

Concerning your example this was the final effect.
You may also try =65941.152 - 65941.15 with 17 or more decimal places displayed.

(The answer expects everybody to know that "computers calculate with binary numbers".)

There are two effects concerning non-integer arithmetic involved:

-1- There is no way to get generally closed round-trips by conversion between the dyadic and the decimal representation of numbers with fixed lengths (numbers of digits) for either system. Exact conversion from decimal to dyadic is strictly impossible for most non-integer starting values. Exact conversion from dyadic to decimal is only generally possible (in an impractical sense) if as many decimal digits are allowed as dyadic digits were used (which are in practice 52 for most computer applications).

-2- Cancellation of significant digits by subtraction. See this paragraph in the English wikipedia and the article it is contained in. The effect may manifest itself as a stepping forward of insignificant digits.

Concerning your example this was the final effect.
You may also try =65941.152 - 65941.15 with 17 or more decimal places displayed. displayed.

(The answer expects everybody to know that "computers calculate with binary numbers".)

There are two effects concerning non-integer arithmetic involved:

-1- There is no way to get generally closed round-trips by conversion between the dyadic and the decimal representation of numbers with fixed lengths (numbers of digits) for either system. Exact conversion from decimal to dyadic is strictly impossible for most non-integer starting values. Exact conversion from dyadic to decimal is only generally possible (in an impractical sense) if as many decimal digits are allowed as dyadic digits were used (which are in practice 52 for most computer applications).

-2- Cancellation of significant digits by subtraction. See this paragraph in the English wikipedia and the article it is contained in. The effect may manifest itself as a stepping forward of insignificant digits.

Concerning your example this was the final effect.
You may also try =65941.152 - 65941.15=65941.008- 65941.0016 with 17 18 or more decimal places displayed.

(The answer expects everybody to know that "computers calculate with binary numbers".) numbers".

There are two effects concerning non-integer arithmetic involved:

-1- There is no way to get generally closed round-trips by conversion between the dyadic and the decimal representation of numbers with fixed lengths (numbers of digits) for either system. Exact conversion from decimal to dyadic is strictly impossible for most non-integer starting values. Exact conversion from dyadic to decimal is only generally possible (in an impractical sense) if as many decimal digits are allowed as dyadic digits were used (which are in practice 52 for most computer applications).

-2- Cancellation of significant digits by subtraction. See this paragraph in the English wikipedia and the article it is contained in. The effect may manifest itself as a stepping forward of insignificant digits.

Concerning your example this was the final effect.
You may also try =65941.008- 65941.0016 with 18 or more decimal places displayed.

(The answer expects everybody to know that "computers calculate with binary numbers".
You may also try =65941.008- 65941.0016 with 18 or more decimal places displayed.