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Math Operators

Dale DeMott
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Joined: Nov 02, 2000
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Okay.. so here's the question...
When doing multiplication and you have 2 ints, will you always get an INT as an anwer, and if not, what does it change to and how do I know the differences.. when to change the type and when not to.
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Dennis Hicks

Joined: Jul 09, 2001
Posts: 12
I believe that you always get an int result (or a larger data type) as a result of an arithmetic operation.
If your operation involves data types narrower than an int, they are implictly converted to ints - that's what I believe anyway.
byte a = 2;
byte b = 3;
byte c = a * b; // will not work, as result is int type
byte c = (byte) a * b; // will work...

But say you did:

double a = 2.0;
double b = 3.0;
double c = 0.0;
c = a * b;
System.out.println ("Result: " + c);
This would return a doube result ok.
Junilu Lacar

Joined: Feb 26, 2001
Posts: 6529

The result of any arithmetic operation on 2 ints will always be an int. The result value may or may not be mathematically correct though as any overflow / underflow is ignored and you simply get back the low order 32 bits of the result.
You can convert the integer result to another type by assigning it to a variable of that type, using a cast if necessary. However, any overflow or underflow will already be lost. Consider the following code:

int i = (Integer.MAX_VALUE) + 5;
System.out.println(i); // -2147483644
long l = (Integer.MAX_VALUE) + 5;
System.out.println(l); // -2147483644 - same result as before!
The result is the same even if you assign it to a long because the overflow was already lost. However, if you cast one of the operands to long, the whole result will be long (64 bits) and you won't lose any precision.
long l = (long)(Integer.MAX_VALUE) + 5;
System.out.println(l); // 2147483652 - correct result

[This message has been edited by JUNILU LACAR (edited July 09, 2001).]

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