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Dealing with very small or very large numbers

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I have a physical problem with length scales on the order of nanometers. After some calculations, I have to calculate things like exp(-1e15) which is 0 according to MATLAB, but in reality it is nonzero. For context exp(-700) is already 9.8e-305 which is close to the smallest number in MATLAB 2.2251e-308. Is there a known workaround for things like his?

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James Tursa
James Tursa on 10 Apr 2021
I guess the obvious suggestion is to work in units of nanometers or maybe picometers instead of meters. Can you do that?
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Anthony Gurunian
Anthony Gurunian on 10 Apr 2021
Never mind, the quantity x is untiless in my case so it doesn't matter.

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