Lab 3: Experiment 8

Expressions Containing Functions

You have probably studied functions in mathematics courses that you've taken: for example, the square root function and the trigonometric functions — sine, cosine, tangent, cotangent, secant, cosecant. You may have noticed that there's no square root character √ or keys labeled sin, cos, tan, cot, sec, and csc on your computer keyboard (unless you have a special one). So how do we compute these more complicated operations?

We'll look at how to write our own functions in later labs, but for now we will look at some of the functions that C++ provides. Instead of building them into the language, they are stored in function libraries from which they can be loaded into and used in programs when they are needed.

Using libraries to store function is done for at least three reasons:

  1. A library allows different programs to share the same function.
  2. If the functions were built into the language, the binary executable version of every program would be very large.
  3. A library makes it easier to change the function.

Many of the libraries in C++ were originally C libraries. The names of these libraries typically begin with the letter c; for example, cmath or cctype.

The C Math Library

The cmath library provides mathematical functions such as sine, cosine, logarithm, exp, and so on and is generally known as the math library. Some of the more common functions in this library are:

Function Description
fabs(x)   Absolute value of x
sin(x)   Sine of x (in radians)
cos(x)   Cosine of x (in radians)
tan(x)   Tangent of x (in radians)
asin(x)   Inverse sine of x (in radians)
acos(x)   Inverse cosine of x (in radians)
atan(x)   Inverse tangent of x (in radians)
sinh(x)   Hyperbolic sine of x (in radians)
cosh(x)   Hyperbolic cosine of x (in radians)
tanh(x)   Hyperbolic tangent of x (in radians)
log10(x)   Base 10 logarithm of x
log(x)   Base e (natural) logarithm of x
pow(x,y)   x raised to the power y
exp(x)   e raised to the power x
sqrt(x)   Square root of x
ceil(x)   Smallest integer not less than x
floor(x)   Largest integer not greater than x
In each of these functions, the arguments x and y are real numbers (i.e., doubles).

The declarations of these functions are stored in the system file cmath and so it is necessary to place the line

#include <cmath>
at the beginning of your program before you use any of these functions. (Note: The initial letter c indicates that this is a C library.)

The absolute value function,

abs(x)   Absolute value of x

is found in the C library cstdlib (along with some other functions such as a random number generator). To use these functions, you may use
#include <cstdlib>
but this is usually not necessary because this library is commonly included automatically.

(Note: For some compilers, you may also have to inform them where to find the definitions of these functions.)

Modify your program as follows. Comment out the code you have for dealing with the integers i and j. Write code that declares x to be of type double, inputs a real number for x, and then displayss the result of applying each of the functions in the table in Question 3.8.1 to this value. Compile and execute your program.

Question #3.8.1: Use your program to fill in the following table with the values exactly as produced by your program:
x function of x result
a.1000.0   the base-10 log of x
b.10.0  x raised to the power 3.0
c.3.14159   sine of x
d.3.14159   cosine of x
e.9.9   the ceiling of x
f.9.9   the floor of x

The C Character Type Library

In addition to a library of mathematical functions, C++ also provides a library cctype containing a rich assortment of character-processing functions, including the following:

Function Returns
toupper(ch)   the upper-case equivalent of ch if ch is lower case; for all other characters, it returns ch
tolower(ch)   the lower-case equivalent of ch if ch is uppercase; for all other characters, it returns ch
isupper(ch)   true if and only if ch is one of 'A' through 'Z'
islower(ch)   true if and only if ch is one of 'a' through 'z'
isdigit(ch)   true if and only if ch is one of '0' through '9'
isalpha(ch)   true if and only if ch is one of 'A' through 'Z' or 'a' through 'z'
isspace(ch)   true if and only if ch is a white-space character (space, tab, newline, formfeed, carriage return, etc.)
iscntrl(ch)   true if and only if ch is not a printable character
ispunct(ch)   true if and only if ch is a punctuation character
In each of these functions, the argument ch is of type char.

You should become familiar with the available libraries, know basically what's in them, and (most importantly) know where you can find the details you need about them.

Question #3.8.2: Considering how the cmath library is accessed in our program, how would you access the cctype library?

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