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Mel Ram

Joined: Sep 30, 2009
Posts: 12
HEEELLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! I am sorry. Was that too loud? Was I suppose to whisper? I don't know. I'm new. Anyway I need help this semester so I hope you guys bear with me. I have a horrible teacher and is making me lose interest as I typing. Hopefully you guys can help.

Basically what I am trying to to is adding numbers in a string that the user inputs.

Here's my exercise:

I am trying to calculate the checksum for an ISBN number. There's more into the formula than what the program below has, but that isn't the problem. The problem is dissecting each individual number the user inputs so it will represent d1,d2,d3,d4 and then fit into the formula.

Here's what I have so far...

import java.util.Scanner;

public class ISBNExercise {
public static void main(String[] args) {

//Create a Scanner
Scanner input = new Scanner(;

System.out.printf("Enter the first 9 numbers of an ISBN: ");
int firstNumbers = input.nextInt();

//int calcFirstNumbers = (d1 * 10 + d2 * 9 + d3 * 8 + d4 * 7 + d5 * 6 + d6 * 5 + d7 * 4 + d8 * 3 + d9 * 2);
//System.out.println("Adding the first 9 numbers equals to: " + calcFirstNumbers);

System.out.print("Your 10-digit ISBN Number is: " + firstNumbers);


I appreciate the help! Thanks!
Henry Wong

Joined: Sep 28, 2004
Posts: 20524

Do you have a specific question? Or are you having a specific issue with your homework problem?

We can't help you if we don't know what the problem is.


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Ankit Garg

Joined: Aug 03, 2008
Posts: 9465

Hi Mel, welcome to javaranch.

Please Use Code Tags when you post a source code. You can edit your message using button and then add code tags to it...

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Campbell Ritchie

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
Posts: 46360
Welcome to the Ranch

. . . but you will get more replies if people know what the thread is about.
D. Ogranos
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Joined: Feb 02, 2009
Posts: 214
Mel Ram wrote:

I think you have the answer to your question here already? Unless I understand something wrong
With that statement, you read ONE int. So if you need nine numbers, perform that statement nine times (hint: for loop), perhaps reading the numbers into an array of int. Then just add them up?

And btw. please use code tags next time ;)
Greg Stevens
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Joined: Jul 23, 2009
Posts: 41
If you are to read the ISBN number as a single integer, you will have to "parse" it for the individual digits. This can be done
with a combination of integer ( / ) and remainder ( % ) division.

For example, if I have the four-digit number 9999, I can obtain the left-most digit by 9999 / 1000 = 9. Then I can "remove"
the left-most digit by 9999 % 1000 = 999. This process can be repeated in a loop to obtain each digit. Since you know how
many digits are to be in an ISBN number, you know how many times to iterate through the loop and with what place value
to begin. What is more interesting is if you don't know beforehand how many digits are in the number you are parsing. Then you have to iterate through a loop, each time dividing by a greater multiple of 10, until the result is 0. Then you know
you have gone one place value too far.
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