Computer Science 202

Introduction to Programming

Fall 2013, The College of Saint Rose

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/* * Example GeometricFractionalSum: compute the sum of * 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8 + ... up to some fixed number of terms. * The larger that number, the closer we get to the sum * of the infinite series, which is 1 * * Jim Teresco, The College of Saint Rose, CSC 202, Fall 2012 * * $Id: GeometricFractionalSum.java 2228 2013-10-24 05:42:15Z terescoj $ */ import java.util.Scanner; public class GeometricFractionalSum { public static void main(String[] args) { // a Scanner to read in our number Scanner keyboard = new Scanner(System.in); // read in the number of terms we want to compute int numTerms = 0; while (numTerms <= 0) { System.out.print("How many terms of the 1/2 + 1/4 + 1/8 + ... sequence should we compute? "); numTerms = keyboard.nextInt(); if (numTerms <= 0) { System.out.println("Please enter a positive number..."); } } // Now we need to compute our sum. So we will need a variable where // that sum will be accumulated. double sum = 0.0; // the first term we will add in, this will be halved each time // around the loop so we are ready to add in the next smaller term. double nextTerm = 0.5; // And a loop that counts up to the number of times we wish to "go // around the loop" and add another term. Very often, counting loops // intending to go around "n" times will count from 0 to n-1, using // a form like this. for (int count = 0; count < numTerms; count++) { // add in the next term sum += nextTerm; // print some information about our running sum System.out.println("Added term " + nextTerm + ", sum now " + sum); // update nextTerm, so if we go around again, we'll add in a // smaller number nextTerm /= 2; } // we're done! nothing really more to print here. } }