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If the logarithm of a number is - 3.153, what are characteristic and mantissa?

A. characteristic = -4, mantissa = 0.847

B. characteristic = -3, mantissa = -0.153

C. characteristic = 4, mantissa = -0.847

D. characteristic = 3, mantissa = -0.153

Answer: Option A

Solution(By Examveda Team)

$$\eqalign{ & {\text{let }}\log x = - 3.153 \cr & {\text{then, }}\log x = - 3.153 \cr & = - 3 + \left( { - 0.153} \right) \cr & = \left( { - 3 - 1} \right) + \left( {1 - 0.153} \right) \cr & = - 4 + 0.847 = \overline 4 .847 \cr & {\text{Hence,}} \cr & {\text{characteristic = - 4, mantissa = 0}}{\text{.847 }} \cr} $$

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