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This chapter introduces the fundamentals of floating-point instructions. This includes registers, memory storage, input/output, the instructions needed to perform arithmetic, and basic control structures. In order to learn the concepts in this chapter one should understand how floating-point numbers are represented in memory from a computer organization class or text. Alternatively, one can review or learn the basic concepts needed as presented in Appendix B.7 of this text. Also, one should have knowledge of stacks usually discussed in a second semester computer science course or text such as Guide to Data Structures .