# Mathematical Operations

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**Basic's Mathematical Operations**

- Most of the BASIC math operators are ones that require no introduction. The addition, subtraction, multplication and division operators are ones commonly used as shown below:

- + .... Addition: c = a + b
- - .... Subtraction: c = a - b
- * .... Multiplication: c = a * b
- / .... Division: c = a / b

- BASIC can also use two other operators for INTEGER division. Integer division returns only whole number values. MOD remainder division returns a value only if an integer division cannot divide a number exactly. Returns 0 if exactly divisible.

- \ .... Integer division: c = a \ b

- MOD .... Remainder division: c = a MOD b

**Division by zero will create an error in normal, Integer or MOD divisions!**

- There is also an operator for exponential calculations. The exponential operator is used to raise a number's value to a designated exponent of itself. In QB the exponential return values are DOUBLE values. The SQR function can return a number's Square Root. For other roots the exponential operator can be used with fractions such as (1 / 3) designating the cube root of a number.
**Must use parenthesis around the fraction!**Negative exponents can also be used.

- ^ .... Exponent: c = SQR(a ^ 2 + b ^ 2)

**Basic's Order of Operations**

- When a normal calculation is made, BASIC works from left to right, but it does certain calculations in the following order:

- 1) Exponential and exponential Root calculations
- 2) Multiplication and Division calculations
- 3) Addition and Subtraction calculations

- Sometimes a calculation may need BASIC to do them in another order or the calculation will return bad results. BASIC allows the programmer to decide the order of operations by using parenthesis around parts of the equation. BASIC will do those calculations first and the others from left to right in the operation order.

**Basic's Mathematical Functions**

- Function returns are not based on the Basic order of operations.

- ABS(n) ........... returns the absolute (positive) value of n (ABS(-5) = 5)
- ATN(angle) ...... returns the arctangent of a radian angle (π = 4 * ATN(1))
- COS(angle) ..... returns the cosine of a radian angle (horizontal ratio)
- EXP(n) ............ returns the exponent of n (n <= 88.02969)
- LOG(n) ........... returns the natural logarithm of n (n > 0)
- SGN(n) ........... returns -1 if n < 0, 0 if n = 0, 1 if n > 0 (SGN(-5) = -1)
- SIN(angle) ....... returns the sine of a radian angle (vertical ratio)
- SQR(n) ........... returns the square root of a number (SQR(25) = 5)
- TAN(angle) ...... returns the tangent of a radian angle

*Note: To convert from degrees to radians use: radians = degrees * (3.14159 / 180)*

**Signed and Unsigned Numerical Values**

- Negative (signed) numerical values can affect calculations when using any of the BASIC operators. SQR cannot use negative values! There may be times that a calculation error is made using those negative values. The SGN function returns the sign of a value as -1 for negative, 0 for zero and 1 for unsigned positive values. ABS always returns an unsigned value.

**Mathematical Logical operators**

- The following logical operators compare numerical values using bitwise operations. The two numbers are compared by the number's Binary bits on and the result of the operation determines the value returned in decimal form. NOT checks one value and returns it's opposite. It returns 0 if a value is not 0 and -1 if it is 0. See Binary for more on bitwise operations.

- Truth table of the 6 BASIC Logical Operators:

- T .. T ......... F ............ T .............. T ............. F .............. T ............... T
- T .. F ......... F ............ F .............. T ............. T .............. F ............... F
- F .. T ......... T ............ F .............. T ............. T .............. F ............... T
- F .. F ......... T ............ F .............. F ............. F ............. T ................ T

**Note that Basic returns -1 for True and 0 for False.**

- BASIC can accept any + or - value that is not 0 to be True when used in an evaluation.

**Basic's Rounding Functions**

- Rounding is used when the program needs a certain number type. There are 4 INTEGER or LONG Integer functions and one function for closest SINGLE and closest DOUBLE numerical types. Closest functions use "bankers" rounding which rounds up if the decimal point value is over one half.

- INT(n) .... rounds down to lower Integer value whether positive or negative
- FIX(n) .... rounds positive values to lower and negative to less negative Integer value
- CINT(n) ... rounds to closest Integer. Rounds up for decimal point values over half.
- CLNG(n) ... rounds Integer or Long values to closest value like CINT.
- CSNG(n) ... rounds Single values to closest last decimal value.
- CDBL(n) ... rounds Double values to closest last decimal point value.

- Each of the above functions define the value in addition to rounding the values.