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 02222010, 06:56 AM #1Member
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Question about my code (double, int)
Well the basic of my program would be to insert coins (pennies,dimes, nickles, and quarters) then print out the total in $ format.
The problem is when ever I tied added some number like 3 nickels to the bank (total) then print out the total (getContents), I would get result such as 0.15000000000000002 instead of just 0.15(3*0.05). Another example would be adding 24 dimes to the bank. Instead of getting 2.4 (24*0.10), I would get 2.4000000000000004
from the getContents method instead.
I'm i doing anything wrong? Is there a way around this? I can't seem to find a way to fix it. I think it has to do with double but I am not sure what it is. Thanks for your help.
Here are my codes.
Java Code:public class PiggyBank { private int pennies; private int nickels; private int dimes; private int quarters; private double total; public PiggyBank() { pennies = 0; dimes = 0; quarters = 0; nickels = 0; total = 0.0; } public void addPennies(int p) { if(p>=0){ pennies = pennies + p; total = total + p*0.01; } else { System.out.println("Please use the correct amount"); } } public void addNickels(int n) { if(n>=0){ nickels = nickels + n; total = total + n*0.05; } else { System.out.println("Please use the correct amount"); } } public void addDimes(int d) // Add dimes. { if(d>=0){ dimes = dimes + d; total = total + d*0.10; } else { System.out.println("Please use the correct amount"); } } public void addQuarters(int q) { if(q>=0){ quarters = quarters + q; total = total + q*0.25; } else { System.out.println("Please use the correct amount"); } } public void getContents() { System.out.println("The bank has"); System.out.println("________________________"); System.out.println("pennies = " + pennies); System.out.println("nickels = " + nickels); System.out.println("dimes = " + dimes); System.out.println("quarters = " + quarters); System.out.println("________________________"); System.out.println("Total of $ " + total); } public void breakTheBank() // set money to 0 { System.out.println("Broke the bank and got $" + total + " from it"); pennies = 0; dimes = 0; quarters = 0; nickels = 0; total = 0.0; System.out.println("Bank has $" + total + " in it"); } }

don't use doubles or floats but instead do all your calculations in ints representing cents.
 02222010, 07:06 AM #3Member
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If i uses
Java Code:private int total;
Java Code:total = total + p*0.01;

Not if total is based in cents and not in dollars. Then the equation is
Java Code:total += p;
 02222010, 07:25 AM #5
use round in java.lang.Math
use the round function
but i also surprise if you give
new PiggyBank().addNickels(5);
the o/p be0.25
if
new PiggyBank().addNickels(3);
opTotal of $ 0.15000000000000002
i think because of multiplying an int by double cause this problem
Math (Java 2 Platform SE v1.4.2)
 02222010, 07:31 AM #6Member
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Thanks, I got it to work now with
Java Code:total += p; total += d*5; total += q*25; total += n*10; System.out.println(total/100);
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Where's that link about "what every programmer needs to know about floats" when I need it?
Ah...here we go.
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An excellent article; a very simple explanation is that a double type can't represent certain numbers exactly (analogy, 1/3 can't be exactly represented using decimal fractions). Suppose you have 52 cards, numbered 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 ... 1/2^52. One of each. Pick any combination of cards such that the sum of the cards equals 1/10. You can't do it and neither can I. So 1/10 (0.1 decimal) can't be exactly represented by a double type number; any trickery dickery is doomed to fail. All you can do is either represent (and implicitly round) those numbers the way you want; Formatter classes are built for this purpose; or you can change everything to the integer domain. e.g. use cents as a monetary unit instead of dollars.
kind regards,
Jos
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