Prelab homework. None.
1. Write a program that converts between Dollars, Euros
and Pounds. The program reads input from the user in the following format:
Convert amount currency_1 to currency_2
and
prints results in the obvious way. Here are a couple of sample runs:
Command: Convert 3.50 Euros to Dollars Results: 4.7719 
Command: Convert 3.50 Euros to Pounds Results: 2.3653 
Here are the conversion rates you'll need: 1.00 Dollar is 0.73346 Euros and 1.00 Dollar is 0.49566 Pounds.
2. Extend your program from Part 1 to allow for Canadian dollars as well (1.00 Dollar US is 1.0534 Dollars Canadian). Now the user can't simply put "Dollar" in the input, it must be either "Dollar US" or "Dollar Canadian". Here are a couple of sample runs:
Command: Convert 3.50 Euros to Dollars US Results: 4.7719 
Command: Convert 11.72 Dollars US to Dollars Canadian Results: 12.3458 
Going Further
If you finish the lab assignment early you should try to tackle this problem:
It is often necessary to write programs that produce
output that is intended as input for other programs. You will write a program
that reads in three points from the user and prints output that the user can
cutandpaste into Excel to produce a plot showing the triangle defined by the
three userinput points along with its bounding box, i.e. the smallest
rectangle aligned with the coordinate axes that contains the triangle. (You
should probably look at this info on
using Excel to plot points.)
Here's a sample run of the program:
And here's the plot
that is produced by copying your program’s output into Excel with the above
data:
Going Even Further
For a tougher challenge consider this problem:
A triangle can be classified in two ways:
A triangle can be described using these two classifications in combination. For example, Figure 1 is an acute isosceles triangle.

A well known property of all triangles is that the sum of any two sides will always be greater than the third. Given a set of three lengths it is possible to determine if they can form a triangle by adding two lengths together and comparing them to the third.
Given the three lengths of the sides of a triangle, a, b and c, it is also possible to calculate the area of a triangle using Heron's formula.
Where s is the semiperimeter of the triangle.
s = 1/2(a + b + c)
Also, using the lengths a, b and c, it is possible to calculate the three interior angles, A, B and C, of the triangle using the law of sines.
Where R is the radius of the circle that circumscribes the triangle. How am I supposed to calculate THAT!? Calm down, we'll tell you...
It just so happens that calculating the area of the triangle will help you. The diameter of a circumscribing circle (also known as 2R) is equal to the product of the three lengths, divided by two times the area.
Using this knowledge write a program that:
Display your name and alpha code.
Prompts the user for the three lengths of the sides of a triangle
Checks and states whether the given input can form a triangle
Calculates and displays the area of the triangle
Calculates and displays the measurements of all three interior angles
States what type of triangle is formed by the input. I.e. "This is a obtuse scalene triangle"