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Homework 16: Writing and using functions

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  • Due before class on Friday, February 24
  • This homework contains code to be submitted electronically. Put your code in a folder called hw16 and submit using the 204sub command.
  • This is a written homework - be sure to turn in a hard-copy of your completed assignment before the deadline. Use the codeprint command to print out your code and turn that in as well.


  1. Circle one to indicate how you did for the reading assignment from Homework 15 before class on Wednesday:

    How carefully did you complete the reading? (Circle one)

    Not at all
    Skimmed it
    Read some
    Read all
  2. Given the following prototypes:
    int abs(int j); // returns the absolute value of j
    int round(double x); // rounds to the nearest integer
    double str2num(cstring str); // converts a string to a number
    and the following variable definitions:
    int a = 10;
    double b = 3.3;
    cstring c = "12.8";
    Assuming the functions actually work the way they say they do, fill in the following table with the type and value of each expression. Write ERROR for both if the expression would be a compiler error.
    a + abs(-2)
    b + abs(-2)
    round(b) + 2.4
    round(b + 2.4)
    round(round(b) + 2.4)
    round(c) + 2.4
  3. In the program below, circle and identify all function prototypes, function definitions, function calls, function parameters, and function arguments.
    #include <stdio.h>
    int readRow(int len);
    int main() {
      int rows;
      int cols;
      scanf(" %i , %i", &rows, &cols);
      int count = 0;
      for(int r = 0; r < rows; r++) {
        if (readRow(cols)) {
      printf("%i\n", count);
      return 0;
    int readRow(int len) {
      int n = 0;
      for(int i = 0; i < len; i++) {
        char c;
        scanf(" %c", &c);
        if (c == 'Y') {
      return (n > 0);
  4. Download the partially-completed program conv.c and complete it by writing the main() function. You should make use of the functions I've defined for you! When you're finished, the program should work like this:
    roche@ubuntu$ ./conv
    convert 45 miles to kilometers
    72.4205 kilometers
    roche@ubuntu$ ./conv
    convert 3.3 inches to light-years
    8.85997e-18 light-years
    roche@ubuntu$ ./conv
    convert 378.1 nautical-miles to millimeters
    7.00242e+08 millimeters
  5. Download the partially-completed program harm.c and complete it by writing a prototype and definition for a function harm(n) which computes the sum of the first \(n\) terms in the harmonic series: \[\frac{1}{1} + \frac{1}{2} + \frac{1}{3} + \frac{1}{4} + \cdots + \frac{1}{n}\] When you're finished, the program should work like this:
    roche@ubuntu$ ./harm
    Enter target: 2.5
    The 7th harmonic number is 2.59286, which is the first greater than 2.5.
    roche@ubuntu$ ./harm
    Enter target: 3.25
    The 14th harmonic number is 3.25156, which is the first greater than 3.25.
    roche@ubuntu$ ./harm
    Enter target: 3.5
    The 19th harmonic number is 3.54774, which is the first greater than 3.5.
    roche@ubuntu$ ./harm
    Enter target: 9.75
    The 9631th harmonic number is 9.75001, which is the first greater than 9.75.