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I'm having a problem writing the proper loop statement for a problem that wants to find the square root of a number. I'm not sure if I should use a do/while, while, or a for loop. I need to approximate the square root of a number without using math.sqrt.

Problem says to repeatedly make guesses at the square root until I get closer and closer to the right guess. I store the last guess and the next guess. The next guess is computed as: (last guess + N / last guess). The first time through this process, we assume that the last guess is 1.0.

last guess = 1.0

next guess = (last guess + N / last guess)

loop as long as the absolute difference between the two guesses is greater than 0.005

save the next guess in last guess

next guess = (last guess + N / last guess)

end loop

thanx for any help

Problem says to repeatedly make guesses at the square root until I get closer and closer to the right guess. I store the last guess and the next guess. The next guess is computed as: (last guess + N / last guess). The first time through this process, we assume that the last guess is 1.0.

last guess = 1.0

next guess = (last guess + N / last guess)

loop as long as the absolute difference between the two guesses is greater than 0.005

save the next guess in last guess

next guess = (last guess + N / last guess)

end loop

thanx for any help

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## Comments

:

: Problem says to repeatedly make guesses at the square root until I get closer and closer to the right guess. I store the last guess and the next guess. The next guess is computed as: (last guess + N / last guess). The first time through this process, we assume that the last guess is 1.0.

:

:

: last guess = 1.0

: next guess = (last guess + N / last guess)

: loop as long as the absolute difference between the two guesses is greater than 0.005

: save the next guess in last guess

: next guess = (last guess + N / last guess)

: end loop

:

: thanx for any help

:

Your question is already answered within your question:

...

[b]loop[/b] as long as the absolute difference between the two guesses is greater than 0.005

...

[b]end loop[/b]

[code]

...

while (the absolute difference between the two guesses is greater than 0.005) {

...

}

[/code]

tron.

: :

: : Problem says to repeatedly make guesses at the square root until I get closer and closer to the right guess. I store the last guess and the next guess. The next guess is computed as: (last guess + N / last guess). The first time through this process, we assume that the last guess is 1.0.

: :

: :

: : last guess = 1.0

: : next guess = (last guess + N / last guess)

: : loop as long as the absolute difference between the two guesses is greater than 0.005

: : save the next guess in last guess

: : next guess = (last guess + N / last guess)

: : end loop

: :

: : thanx for any help

: :

:

: Your question is already answered within your question:

:

: ...

: [b]loop[/b] as long as the absolute difference between the two guesses is greater than 0.005

: ...

: [b]end loop[/b]

:

: [code]

: ...

: while (the absolute difference between the two guesses is greater than 0.005) {

: ...

: }

: [/code]

:

: tron.

:

So the program would werk if i did this

while(nextGuess < .005) {

nextGuess = 1/2 * (lastGuess + x/lastGuess)

nextGuess = lastGuess

: : :

: : : Problem says to repeatedly make guesses at the square root until I get closer and closer to the right guess. I store the last guess and the next guess. The next guess is computed as: (last guess + N / last guess). The first time through this process, we assume that the last guess is 1.0.

: : :

: : :

: : : last guess = 1.0

: : : next guess = (last guess + N / last guess)

: : : loop as long as the absolute difference between the two guesses is greater than 0.005

: : : save the next guess in last guess

: : : next guess = (last guess + N / last guess)

: : : end loop

: : :

: : : thanx for any help

: : :

: :

: : Your question is already answered within your question:

: :

: : ...

: : [b]loop[/b] as long as the absolute difference between the two guesses is greater than 0.005

: : ...

: : [b]end loop[/b]

: :

: : [code]

: : ...

: : while (the absolute difference between the two guesses is greater than 0.005) {

: : ...

: : }

: : [/code]

: :

: : tron.

: :

: So the program would werk if i did this

:

: while(nextGuess < .005) {

: nextGuess = 1/2 * (lastGuess + x/lastGuess)

: nextGuess = lastGuess

:

No :-(

Take a closer look at the pseudo code you'd posted in your original question.

Here are some hints:

- the difference between the two guesses: (nextGuess-lastGuess)

- the absolut value of that difference: Math.abs(...)

- loop as long as this difference is greater than 0.005: ">" not "<"

- "save the next guess in last guess"

- and after! that calculate the new guess

If " (last guess + N / last guess)" means "1/2 * (lastGuess + x/lastGuess)" then your loop should look like this:

[code]

while(Math.abs(nextGuess-lastGuess) > 0.005) {

lastGuess = nextGuess;

nextGuess = 1/2 * (lastGuess + x/lastGuess);

}

[/code]

tron.

: : : :

: : : : Problem says to repeatedly make guesses at the square root until I get closer and closer to the right guess. I store the last guess and the next guess. The next guess is computed as: (last guess + N / last guess). The first time through this process, we assume that the last guess is 1.0.

: : : :

: : : :

: : : : last guess = 1.0

: : : : next guess = (last guess + N / last guess)

: : : : loop as long as the absolute difference between the two guesses is greater than 0.005

: : : : save the next guess in last guess

: : : : next guess = (last guess + N / last guess)

: : : : end loop

: : : :

: : : : thanx for any help

: : : :

: : :

: : : Your question is already answered within your question:

: : :

: : : ...

: : : [b]loop[/b] as long as the absolute difference between the two guesses is greater than 0.005

: : : ...

: : : [b]end loop[/b]

: : :

: : : [code]

: : : ...

: : : while (the absolute difference between the two guesses is greater than 0.005) {

: : : ...

: : : }

: : : [/code]

: : :

: : : tron.

: : :

: : So the program would werk if i did this

: :

: : while(nextGuess < .005) {

: : nextGuess = 1/2 * (lastGuess + x/lastGuess)

: : nextGuess = lastGuess

: :

:

: No :-(

: Take a closer look at the pseudo code you'd posted in your original question.

:

: Here are some hints:

:

: - the difference between the two guesses: (nextGuess-lastGuess)

: - the absolut value of that difference: Math.abs(...)

: - loop as long as this difference is greater than 0.005: ">" not "<"

: - "save the next guess in last guess"

: - and after! that calculate the new guess

:

: If " (last guess + N / last guess)" means "1/2 * (lastGuess + x/lastGuess)" then your loop should look like this:

:

: [code]

: while(Math.abs(nextGuess-lastGuess) > 0.005) {

: lastGuess = nextGuess;

: nextGuess = 1/2 * (lastGuess + x/lastGuess);

: }

: [/code]

:

: tron.

:

thanx tron....word problems always stump me in the simplest of ways....I'm sorry to ask u about another possible problem but I'm having trouble with my compiler and was wondering if u could take a quick look at the finished program and point out any glaring mistakes.thanx

// Program2.java: Calculate square root of a number

import javax.swing.JOptionPane;

public class Program2 {

public static void main(String[] args) {

double number

double x

double lastGuess

double nextGuess

String numberstring = JOptionPane.showInputDialog(null,

"Enter a number to compute the square root for:", "Program 2 Input",

JOptionPane.QUESTION_MESSAGE);

number = double.parseDouble(numberString);

lastGuess = 1.0;

while(Math.abs(nextGuess-lastGuess) > 0.005) {

lastGuess = nextGuess;

nextGuess = 1/2 * (lastGuess + x/lastGuess);

}

If (number <= 0) {

JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "The square root of the number: ",

+ number, "is ", + next guess, "i", JOptionPane.INFORMATION_MESSAGE);

}

else

JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "The square root of the number:",

+ number, "is", + next guess, JOptionPane.INFORMATION_MESSAGE);

system.exit(0);

}

}

: thanx tron....word problems always stump me in the simplest of ways....I'm sorry to ask u about another possible problem but I'm having trouble with my compiler and was wondering if u could take a quick look at the finished program and point out any glaring mistakes.thanx

:

: // Program2.java: Calculate square root of a number

: import javax.swing.JOptionPane;

:

: public class Program2 {

: public static void main(String[] args) {

: double number

: double x

: double lastGuess

: double nextGuess

:

: String numberstring = JOptionPane.showInputDialog(null,

: "Enter a number to compute the square root for:", "Program 2 Input",

: JOptionPane.QUESTION_MESSAGE);

:

: number = double.parseDouble(numberString);

:

: lastGuess = 1.0;

: while(Math.abs(nextGuess-lastGuess) > 0.005) {

:

: lastGuess = nextGuess;

:

: nextGuess = 1/2 * (lastGuess + x/lastGuess);

:

: }

:

: If (number <= 0) {

: JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "The square root of the number: ",

: + number, "is ", + next guess, "i", JOptionPane.INFORMATION_MESSAGE);

: }

: else

: JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "The square root of the number:",

: + number, "is", + next guess, JOptionPane.INFORMATION_MESSAGE);

:

: system.exit(0);

: }

: }

:

:

Well, this code is really not compilable ... in this case you should try to correct the errors one by one before posting [b]such[/b] a code.

It seams that your teacher (and the one of some of the other posters, if it's not the same) has an affection for JOptionPane dialogs, doesn't (s)he ... ;-)

[code]

import javax.swing.*;

public class Program2 {

public static void main(String[] args) {

String numberstring = JOptionPane.showInputDialog(null, "Enter a number to compute the square root for:", "Program 2 Input", JOptionPane.QUESTION_MESSAGE);

double number = Double.parseDouble(numberstring);

boolean isComplex = (number < 0);

number = Math.abs(number);

double lastGuess = 1;

double nextGuess = (lastGuess + number/lastGuess) / 2;

while (Math.abs(nextGuess-lastGuess) > 0.005) {

lastGuess = nextGuess;

nextGuess = (lastGuess + number/lastGuess) / 2;

}

JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "The square root of the number: " + number + " is " + nextGuess + (isComplex ? "i" : ""), "result", JOptionPane.INFORMATION_MESSAGE);

System.exit(0);

}

}

[/code]

I strongly recommend that you not just use this code as is. You should analyze it since it has changed a lot, so you can use this information for future problems.

tron.

: : thanx tron....word problems always stump me in the simplest of ways....I'm sorry to ask u about another possible problem but I'm having trouble with my compiler and was wondering if u could take a quick look at the finished program and point out any glaring mistakes.thanx

: :

: : // Program2.java: Calculate square root of a number

: : import javax.swing.JOptionPane;

: :

: : public class Program2 {

: : public static void main(String[] args) {

: : double number

: : double x

: : double lastGuess

: : double nextGuess

: :

: : String numberstring = JOptionPane.showInputDialog(null,

: : "Enter a number to compute the square root for:", "Program 2 Input",

: : JOptionPane.QUESTION_MESSAGE);

: :

: : number = double.parseDouble(numberString);

: :

: : lastGuess = 1.0;

: : while(Math.abs(nextGuess-lastGuess) > 0.005) {

: :

: : lastGuess = nextGuess;

: :

: : nextGuess = 1/2 * (lastGuess + x/lastGuess);

: :

: : }

: :

: : If (number <= 0) {

: : JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "The square root of the number: ",

: : + number, "is ", + next guess, "i", JOptionPane.INFORMATION_MESSAGE);

: : }

: : else

: : JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "The square root of the number:",

: : + number, "is", + next guess, JOptionPane.INFORMATION_MESSAGE);

: :

: : system.exit(0);

: : }

: : }

: :

: :

:

: Well, this code is really not compilable ... in this case you should try to correct the errors one by one before posting [b]such[/b] a code.

:

: It seams that your teacher (and the one of some of the other posters, if it's not the same) has an affection for JOptionPane dialogs, doesn't (s)he ... ;-)

:

: [code]

: import javax.swing.*;

:

: public class Program2 {

:

: public static void main(String[] args) {

: String numberstring = JOptionPane.showInputDialog(null, "Enter a number to compute the square root for:", "Program 2 Input", JOptionPane.QUESTION_MESSAGE);

: double number = Double.parseDouble(numberstring);

:

: boolean isComplex = (number < 0);

: number = Math.abs(number);

:

: double lastGuess = 1;

: double nextGuess = (lastGuess + number/lastGuess) / 2;

: while (Math.abs(nextGuess-lastGuess) > 0.005) {

: lastGuess = nextGuess;

: nextGuess = (lastGuess + number/lastGuess) / 2;

: }

:

: JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "The square root of the number: " + number + " is " + nextGuess + (isComplex ? "i" : ""), "result", JOptionPane.INFORMATION_MESSAGE);

:

: System.exit(0);

: }

:

: }

: [/code]

:

: I strongly recommend that you not just use this code as is. You should analyze it since it has changed a lot, so you can use this information for future problems.

:

: tron.

:

thanx again...i'm lookin over at what u did and it most of it makes sense....i was just wondering tho...can i keep the last bit

If (number <= 0) {

: JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "The square root of the number: ",

: + number, "is ", + next guess, "i", JOptionPane.INFORMATION_MESSAGE);

: }

: else

: JOptionPane.showMessageDialog(null, "The square root of the number:",

: + number, "is", + next guess, JOptionPane.INFORMATION_MESSAGE);

:

: system.exit(0);

: }

: }

we haven't really gotten into the boolean statements? will this still compile or is it still too sloppy? thanx....btw, do u recomment a good beginner book with alot of real world problems in it?