Building Java Programs

Lab: Cumulative Algorithms

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lab document created by Marty Stepp, Stuart Reges and Whitaker Brand

Lab goals

Goals for this problem set:

Cumulative algorithms

Exercise : Scanner sum

Copy and paste the following code into jGrasp.

public class SumNumbers {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        int low = 1;
        int high = 1000;
        int sum = 0;
        for (int i = low; i <= high; i++) {
            sum += i;
        }
        System.out.println("sum = " + sum);
    }
}

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Exercise : Scanner sum

Modify the code to use a Scanner to prompt the user for the values of low and high. Below is a sample execution in which the user asks for the same values as in the original program (1 through 1000):

low? 1
high? 1000
sum = 500500

Below is an execution with different values for low and high:

low? 300
high? 5297
sum = 13986903

You should exactly reproduce this format.

Use the Output Comparison Tool to check your work.

Exercise : pow practice-it

Write a method named pow that accepts a base and an exponent as parameters and returns the base raised to the given power. For example, the call pow(3, 4) returns 3 * 3 * 3 * 3 or 81. Do not use Math.pow in your solution; use a cumulative algorithm instead. Assume that the base and exponent are non-negative.

Exercise : repl practice-it

Exercise : longestName practice-it

Write a method named longestName that reads names typed by the user and prints the longest name (the name that contains the most characters) in the format shown below. Your method should accept a console Scanner and an integer n as parameters and should then prompt for n names.

A sample execution of the call longestName(console, 4) might look like the following:

name #1? roy
name #2? DANE
name #3? sTeFaNiE
name #4? Erik
Stefanie's name is longest

Try to solve this problem in Practice-It: click on the check-mark above!