# Thread: Find the Biggest Number + Smallest

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## Find the Biggest Number + Smallest

Not coming back here for help....
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## Re: Find the Biggest Number + Smallest

Well, you will need to have all of those scores available to you at the end of your loop to determine the smallest and biggest. Do you know how to store several numbers that are related?

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## Re: Find the Biggest Number + Smallest

arent the stored numbers in "total"?

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Originally Posted by joeyvitoro
Well, you will need to have all of those scores available to you at the end of your loop to determine the smallest and biggest.
Not so. All you need is 3 variables: current score, highest score and lowest score. Each time a new value is read into current score you compare it to highest/lowest to see if it is the new highest/lowest score.

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## Re: Find the Biggest Number + Smallest

Originally Posted by Junky
Not so. All you need is 3 variables: current score, highest score and lowest score. Each time a new value is read into current score you compare it to highest/lowest to see if it is the new highest/lowest score.
yes but how would I do that?

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Do you know how to declare variables?
Do you know how to assign values to variables?
Do you know how to use if statements?

If you answered yes to all three questions then you know how to do it.

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## Re: Find the Biggest Number + Smallest

Although true Junky, I imagine an introduction to the Math library would be beneficial in a beginners programming class.

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What the heck has a Math Library got to do with it?

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## Re: Find the Biggest Number + Smallest

Thats like no help. If I knew how to do it, I wouldnt be asking for help. I need someone to explain it

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You'll want to declare two variables before the while loop, a highest and a lowest variable, and then inside of the loop check to see if any entered values are higher than the highest or lower than the lowest. You can initialize the highest value with the lowest possible int available, Integer.MAX_VALUE and the high variable with Integer.MIN_VALUE.

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Well give up then!

I gave you all the help you need. If you do not know how to do any of those things I mentioned then you either need to do some serious revision or drop the course.

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## Re: Find the Biggest Number + Smallest

Well I was going to suggest using min and max...

d4, what is your min and max before you start? How about after the first loop iteration? The second? etc

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Originally Posted by d4v1dz
Thats like no help. If I knew how to do it, I wouldnt be asking for help. I need someone to explain it
It's usually best to at least give a stab at it, try to solve this little issue and show us your attempt before completely giving in and throwing in the towel. Also, it's not a good a idea to say "that's like no help". Even if you don't see his point, he did take time out to consider your problem and try to help you, so being rude to him will only make him and others not want to help you in the future.

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Originally Posted by joeyvitoro
Well I was going to suggest using min and max...

d4, what is your min and max before you start? How about after the first loop iteration? The second? etc
Better to avoid the Math library at this point. A simple boolean expression is good enough for his needs, I think.

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## Re: Find the Biggest Number + Smallest

Originally Posted by Junky
Well give up then!

I gave you all the help you need. If you do not know how to do any of those things I mentioned then you either need to do some serious revision or drop the course.
OMFG. Its a High school class, 2nd week of doing java. This community blows with its members... Your retarded. Im out of here, rather ask help on a different forum.

PS: Thanks Fubarable for actually explaining it...

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Open wide here comes the choo-choo train.
Java Code:
```int max = Integer.MIN_VALUE;
int min = Integer.MAX_VALUE;```
Any value entered by user is mostly assured to be less than min and greater than max. Then you can do:
Java Code:
```if current value is less than min
min = current value
if current value is greater than max
max = current value```

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Well I was trying to help by getting you to think for yourself but all you did was throw your arms up in the air and whine "I don't know how to do it" without even trying. My above post just about gives you the solution. Are you happy now?

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## Re: Find the Biggest Number + Smallest

D4, sorry you had a bad experience man, but these forums are mostly good. Some people here simply find it easier to be rude than explain why they aren't going to give you the answer.

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My posting style can be rough to those who appear not to try and solve the problem themselves and just expect to be given the answer. This is the attitude I was getting from the OP.

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Well, the OP is gone (according to the edited first post) so I'll close this thread. The original problem statement is gone, so all replies have become (sort of) useless.

kind regards,

Jos

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