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Mathematical Functions in C Programming

Mathematical Functions

In this lesson, we will understand what is Mathematical Function, and with the help of examples, we will see how to use mathematical functions in the C program.

List of C Mathematical Functions

C Mathematical functions are predefined functions which accept values and return the result. To use mathematical functions, we have to include math.h header file in our program.

With the help of mathematical functions we can easily solve a complex equation in our program, for example, if we want to find the square root of a number, then we can use sqrt() mathematical function to find the square root of a given number.

Let's see all the important mathematical functions available in C in more details with examples.

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abs() Function

The abs() function returns the absolute value of an integer number. Here Absolute value means number without negative sign. The absolute value of a number is always positive.

Syntax of abs() function

int abs(int num);

An abs() function takes input in integer data type and return the result in integer data type.

Example

C program to input an integer and print its absolute value.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <conio.h>
#include <math.h>

int main()
{
    int n,x;
    printf("Enter an integer number ");
    scanf("%d",&n);
    x=abs(n);
    printf("Absolute value of %d is %d",n,x);
    return 0;
}

Output

Enter an integer number -18
Absolute value of -18 is 18

Here you can see that we have input -18 and pass the value to the abs() function. The abs() function returned the result in the variable x after removing the negative sign from the number. Thus the final output is 18.

Note: In order to find the absolute value of a float or double data type number you can use fabs() function [Syntax: double fabs(double num)].

sqrt() Function

The sqrt() function returns the square root of a positive number. Remember that square root of a negative can not be calculated.

Syntax of sqrt() function

double sqrt(double num);

A sqrt() function takes input in double data type and return the result in double data type. You can also pass an integer data type number to the sqrt() function but the number will implicitly convert into double data type as shown in the example below.

Example

C program to input an integer and print its square root.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <conio.h>
#include <math.h>

int main()
{
    int n,x;
    printf("Enter an integer number ");
    scanf("%d",&n);
    x=sqrt(n);
    printf("Square root of %d is %d",n,x);
    return 0;
}

Output

Enter an integer number 25
Square root of 25 is 5

Here you can see that we have input 25 and pass the value to the sqrt() function. The sqrt() function returned the result in the variable x after calculating the square root. Thus the final output is 5.

ceil() Function

The ceil() function returns the nearest integer number greater than the number passed as argument.

Syntax of ceil() function

double ceil(double num);

A ceil() function takes input in double data type and return the result in double data type. You can also pass a float data type number to the ceil() function but the number will implicitly convert into double data type as shown in the example below.

Example

C program to input a floating point number and print its ceil value.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <conio.h>
#include <math.h>

int main()
{
    float n,x;
    printf("Enter a floating point (decimal) number ");
    scanf("%f",&n);
    x=ceil(n);
    printf("Ceil value of %f is %f",n,x);
    return 0;
}

Output

Enter a floating point (decimal) number 12.4
Ceil value of 12.400000 is 13.000000

Here you can see that we have input 12.4 and pass the value to the ceil() function. The ceil() function returned the result in the variable x after calculating the ceil value of variable n. Thus the final output is 13.000000.

floor() Function

The floor() function returns the nearest integer number less than the number passed as argument.

Syntax of floor() function

double floor(double num);

A floor() function takes input in double data type and return the result in double data type. You can also pass a float data type number to the floor() function but the number will implicitly convert into double data type as shown in the example below.

Example

C program to input a floating point number and print its floor value.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <conio.h>
#include <math.h>

int main()
{
    float n,x;
    printf("Enter a floating point (decimal) number ");
    scanf("%f",&n);
    x=floor(n);
    printf("Floor value of %f is %f",n,x);
    return 0;
}

Output

Enter a floating point (decimal) number 12.4
Floor value of 12.400000 is 12.000000

Here you can see that we have input 12.4 and pass the value to the floor() function. The floor() function returned the result in the variable x after calculating the floor value of variable n. Thus the final output is 12.000000.

fmod() Function

The fmod() function returns the remainder of the division of two double data type numbers.

Syntax of fmod() function

double fmod(double x, double y);

A fmod() function takes two input in double data type and return the result in double data type. You can also pass float data type numbers to the fmod() function but the numbers will implicitly convert into double data type as shown in the example below.

Example

C program to input two floating point numbers and print the remainder after dividing the numbers.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <conio.h>
#include <math.h>

int main()
{
    float a,b,c;
    printf("Enter two floating point (decimal) numbers\n");
    scanf("%f%f",&a,&b);
    c=fmod(a,b);
    printf("Remainder = %f",c);
    return 0;
}

Output

Enter two floating point (decimal) numbers
5.26
3.17
Remainder = 2.090000

Here you can see that we have input two floating point numbers 5.26 and 3.17 and pass the values to the fmod() function. The fmod() function returned the result in the variable c after calculating the remainder of the division. Thus the final output is 2.090000.

pow() Function

The pow() function is used to computes the power of a number.

Syntax of pow() function

double pow(double x, double y);

In mathematics the power is written as xy.

A pow() function takes two input (first as base value and second as power value) in double data type and return the result in double data type. You can also pass an integer or float data type numbers to the pow() function but the numbers will implicitly convert into double data type as shown in the example below.

Example

C program to input two integer numbers and print the power.

#include <stdio.h>
#include <conio.h>
#include <math.h>

int main()
{
    int a,b;
    double c;
    printf("Enter two integer numbers\n");
    scanf("%d%d",&a,&b);
    c=pow(a,b);
    printf("Power = %lf",c);
    return 0;
}

Output

Enter two integer numbers
5
2
Power = 25.000000

Here you can see that we have input two floating point numbers 5 and 2 and pass the values to the pow() function. The pow() function returned the result in the variable c after calculating the power. Thus the final output is 25.000000.

All the above functions are most commonly used mathematical functions. Below is the list of other mathematical functions that you can use in your program as per requirement.

List of other mathematical functions

Function Syntax Description
cos double cos(double x) The cos() function returns the cosine of x, where x is expressed in radians. The return value of cos() is in the range [-1, 1].
acos double acos(double x) The acos() function returns the arc cosine of x, which will be in the range [0, pi]. x should be between -1 and 1. Value of pi=3.14159265.
cosh double cosh(double x) The function cosh() returns the hyperbolic cosine of x.
sin double sin(double x) The function sin() returns the sine of x, where x is given in radians. The return value of sin() will be in the range [-1, 1].
asin double asin(double x) The asin() function returns the arc sine of x, which will be in the range [-pi/2, +pi/2]. x should be between -1 and 1. Value of pi=3.14159265.
sinh double sinh(double x) The function sinh() returns the hyperbolic sine of x.
tan double tan(double x) The tan() function returns the tangent of x, where x is given in radians.
atan double atan(double x) The function atan() returns the arc tangent of x, which will be in the range [-pi/2, +pi/2]. Value of pi=3.14159265.
atan2 double atan2(double y, double x) The atan2() function computes the arc tangent of y/x, using the signs of the arguments to compute the quadrant of the return value.
tanh double tanh(double x) The function tanh() returns the hyperbolic tangent of x.
exp double exp(double x) The exp() function returns e (2.7182818) raised to the xth power.
log double log(double x) The function log() returns the natural (base e) logarithm of x.
log10 double log10(double x) The log10() function returns the base 10 (or common) logarithm for x.

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