difference between statement

Discussion in 'C Programming' started by ashu, May 3, 2012.

  1. ashu

    ashu Guest

    Dear Sir ,
    i am writing a simple C programme but i am facing a problem kindly
    sort it out for me


    float fahr,celsius;

    celsius= -17;
    fahr=celsius * (9/5) + 32;

    Result is 15.0
    but when i write: fahr=celsius * 9/5 + 32;
    result is : 1.4
    i can`t figure it out why 1st statement is not working.am i doing
    something wrong.i am using dev C++ compiler .
    ashu, May 3, 2012
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  2. ashu

    John Gordon Guest

    This expression:


    is composed entirely of integers, therefore it is computed using integer
    math, which discards the fractional part and evaluates to 1.

    So your program is really doing this calculation:

    fahr = -17 * 1 + 32

    Which evaluates to 15.

    To fix this behavior, get in the habit of adding .0 after any number
    that you want to be treated as a float, like so:

    fahr = celsius * (9.0/5.0) + 32.0;

    This will give the correct results.

    (Your second example works because without the parentheses, the first
    operation is to multiply celsius by 9. One of those numbers is a float,
    so the calculation is done as a float. Then that result is divided by
    five, and again one of the numbers is a float, so the calculation is done
    as a float.)
    John Gordon, May 3, 2012
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  3. (9/5) is 1

    Write something else, e.g. (9.0/5) or even (1.8)
    if you want 1.8 instead of 1.
    That statement happens to lead to a chain of
    promotions that work as you intend.
    Better, however, is to avoid confusion or
    incorrectness by avoiding integer when you
    want floats. Thus write
    fahr=celsius * 9./5. + 32.;
    and don't worry about promotions.
    Oh, C++. That's that language two doors down the hall?
    The language that magically handles typing for you?

    That you have the above confusion and had to come
    to the C forum (not a C++ forum) to get it corrected
    tells us something about C++. :)

    James Dow Allen, May 3, 2012
  4. ashu

    Fred K Guest

    (9/5) equals 1 so celsius * (9/5) equals celsius
    Fred K, May 3, 2012
  5. ashu

    BartC Guest

    Using floating point constants instead, such as 9.0/5.0, otherwise integer
    arithmetic can sometimes give these funny results (9/5 is 1 according to C).
    BartC, May 3, 2012
  6. ashu

    ashu Guest

    Thankx for all help
    ashu, May 4, 2012
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