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how would i set a variable to like 5/9... is there any way?

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I assume you don't want the binary approximation of the decimal that you will get if you divide 5 by 9, but the exact value, right?

I suppose the best way in an object orientated language like C++ is to write your own class to do it, and then store the numerator and denominator as separate integers. Or have a look to see if someone has already written the class for you, as it sounds like something that will already have been done (I'm not a wizard at remembering code libraries, and I don't know what language you are using, so you'll be best Googling for that yourself, or waiting for another reply [smile]).

Hope that was of some help...

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If you want to store an irrational number, the precision will never be perfect. However, you can get pretty damn close using floats and doubles instead of ints

For example:
int i = 14 / 8;

In this case, the decimal part of i will be cut off because it is declared to be an integer. However:

double i = 14 / 8;

In this case, i will correctly store the product of 14 / 8, or 1.75.

Like I said before, you're never going to get perfect precision with irrational numbers. But, using doubles/floats as the type for your variable will allow you to get, for the most part, as close as you'll ever need.

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#include<iostream>
using namespace std;
int main(void)
{
float a,b;
cout<<"Fahrenheit Temperature=";
cin>>a;
cout<<'\n';
b=(5/9)*(a-32);
cout<<"Celsius Temperature=";
cout<<b;
cin.get();
return 0;
}
C++ compiled right. Everything is zero though for celsius. I think it has to do with the 5/9 ^_^

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Ah, I see your problem now. 5 / 9 is an integer division that will round down, and so the compiler will turn that into a zero. What you want is (5.0 / 9.0), which will force that to be a float. Or you can use a cast, by having ((float)5 / 9), I guess, although I always use the former approach.

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My guess would be that the compiler is interpreting (5/9) as an integer operation. Try explicitly making the number constants floats: (5.0f/9.0f)

The same may be occuring with the (a-32) term, but I can't remember off the top of my head...

Mike.

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ooh the 5.0f/9.0f worked, thank you so much ^_^

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if you're using msvc++ the divisor has to be a float to return a float, the rest can be int.

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Quote:
 Original post by Montbrunif you're using msvc++ the divisor has to be a float to return a float, the rest can be int.

That is not quite true. In an operation involving an int and a float, the int is first promoted to float, regardless of which operand it is. Precedence is also a factor.

1 / 2 = 0
1.0 / 2 = 0.5
1 / 2.0 = 0.5

3 / 4 / 5 = 0, because (3/4)/5 = 0/5 = 0
3 / 4 / 5.0 = 0.0, because (3/4)/5.0 = 0/5.0 = 0.0
3 / 4.0 / 5 = 0.15, because (3/4.0)/5 = 0.75/5 = 0.15
3.0 / 4 / 5 = 0.15, because (3.0/4)/5 = 0.75/5 = 0.15

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