Decimal number system

Before I introduce the number systems that are more commonly used in electronics lets discuss a number system that we all are aware of and which we use it everyday.
The Decimal number system got its name because it uses 10 symbols (or popularly digits) for counting and performing operations. It uses the digits 0 to 9.
In this number system the radix or the base is 10 since number of digits used is ten.

The general format of decimal number representation is shown below

  104    103    102     101    100          10-1    10-2   10-3    10-4           Weights
  S   S   S   S   S  .   S-1    S-2    S-3    S-4  
MSD                               Decimal point                    LSD

           MSD is most significant digit (left most digit of a number)
           LSD is the least significant digit (right most digit of a number)

Note: From the fig we can observe that the MSD has the greatest weight and the LSD have the smallest weight.

Frequently asked Questions

  • In decimal number system, What is MSD? 
Ans:  MSD is Most Significant Digit which is usually the left most digit of any given number and has the highest weight compared to all other digits.
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