A format for representing real (floating-point) numbers. Instead of writing the full number, scientific notation represents values as a number between 1 and 10 multiplied by 10 to some power. The 10 is often replaced by an uppercase or lowercase E.
Scientific notation is much simpler for very large and very small numbers, such as the second and fourth examples. Most programming languages, and many numeric applications, allow you to enter and display numbers using scientific notation.
- scratch disk
Space dedicated on a hard drive for temporary storage of data. Scratch disks are commonly used in graphic design programs, such as Adobe Photoshop. Scratch disk space is only for temporary storage and cannot be used for permanently backing up files. Scratch disks can be set to erase all data at regular intervals so that […]
The combination of different opinions and views presented through talk radio, cable news and blogs. This term was first used in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on February 25, 2005 in reference to politics and political discussions.
- scratchpad RAM
A portion of L1 cache reserved for direct and private usage by the CPU. Typically, a cache is used to temporarily store copies of data that resides on slower main memory. However, the CPU can use scratchpad RAM for any purpose, such as storing instructions or intermediate values.
- display screen
The display part of a monitor. Most display screens work under the same principle as a television, using a cathode ray tube (CRT). Consequently, the term CRT is often used in place of display screen.
- screen capture
Refers to the act of copying what is currently displayed on a screen to a file or printer. If the system is in graphics mode, the screen capture will result in a graphics file containing a bit map of the image. If the system is in text mode, the screen capture will normally load a […]