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I need help on this c++ problem pls

  1. Jul 20, 2006 #1
    how can i make a student identification number to be a four digit integer and when you type 0 for the identification number it will terminates. thanks
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  3. Jul 20, 2006 #2
    use an unsigned integer. when the id equals 0 break; or use a while loop.
  4. Jul 21, 2006 #3
    while (idnum=4)
    printf("Input ID number");
    scanf("%d", &idnum);

    if (idnum = 0)
    printf("ID number %d", idnum);

    any correction from my while statement coz i cant get the exact 4 digit integer for the id number thanks in advance for your help
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2006
  5. Jul 21, 2006 #4


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    You shouldn't need a loop for this. Just read an integer and test it with an if-statement to see if it's in the proper range. What are the largest and smallest possible values for a four-digit ID number?
  6. Jul 21, 2006 #5
    ok thanks jt ill try to work on it
  7. Jul 21, 2006 #6
    oh i thought you wanted to keep taking in ID# untill 0...other wise there's no point in using the word "termination". In the while loop do you know which equals sign to use? You want the comparative/relational operator. same with teh if statement. My bad you just want it within a range. ya what jtbell said is correct
  8. Jul 21, 2006 #7
    my problem states that "student identification numbers are four-digit integers. input should terminate when i type 0 for the student identification number" sorry guys im having a hard time wth the problem need help..
  9. Jul 21, 2006 #8
    Well there are two scenarios from the posed question.

    [0] That you need only to accept 1 ID and check that it is within range
    [1] That you keep accepting IDs within range until 0 is inputted.(thus a loop)
    the sentence "input should terminate when i type 0" to me would imply the second scenario for loop. Perhaps you should ask your professor(i'm guessing this is a homework problem) to clarify
  10. Jul 21, 2006 #9


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    Yeah, I was focusing on the four-digit integer requirement and your first guess at a solution which looked like you were trying to read four digits, one digit at a time.

    If you've been studying loops in class just now, then neurocomp2003's scenario [2] is probably what you want. But if that doesn't clearly agree with the full statement of the assignment, then you should definitely ask your instructor.
  11. Jul 21, 2006 #10
    to jt and neo thanks guys for the help...im almost near with solution...actually its my midterm exam. its the only one that i left unsolved the rest are doin fine...best regards to both of you guys...
  12. Jul 21, 2006 #11


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    BE VERY CAREFUL with your equals signs in if and while statements. The following if statement:

    if (idnum = 0)

    WILL NOT WORK. The single '=' means assignment; the result of this statement is that idnum is actually assigned the value 0, not compared with 0. The if statement will never run, because 0 means false.

    What you want, instead, is the '==' operator, which means comparison:

    if (idnum == 0)

    - Warren
  13. Jul 21, 2006 #12


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    Are you allowed to use outside assistance on exams?
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  15. Jul 23, 2006 #14
    the admin can close the thread. problem already been solved thanks for the help guys...
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