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Question 2 of 5: How do I find the machine epsilon using a MATLAB code?

Question 3 of 5: How is machine epsilon related to the number of bits used to represent a floating-point number?

Question 4 of 5: What is the significance of machine epsilon for a student in an introductory course in numerical methods?

Question 5 of 5: What is the proof that the absolute relative true error in representing a number on a machine is always less than the machine epsilon?

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Autar Kaw (http://autarkaw.com) is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Florida. He has been at USF since 1987, the same year in which he received his Ph. D. in Engineering Mechanics from Clemson University. He is a recipient of the 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year Award. With major funding from NSF, he is the principal and managing contributor in developing the multiple award-winning online open courseware for an undergraduate course in Numerical Methods. The OpenCourseWare (nm.MathForCollege.com) annually receives 1,000,000+ page views, 1,000,000+ views of the YouTube audiovisual lectures, and 150,000+ page views at the NumericalMethodsGuy blog. His current research interests include engineering education research methods, adaptive learning, open courseware, massive open online courses, flipped classrooms, and learning strategies. He has written four textbooks and 80 refereed technical papers, and his opinion editorials have appeared in the St. Petersburg Times and Tampa Tribune.
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