Alex Lord Alex Lord - 1 month ago 17
C Question

Why does 5/2 results in '2' even when I use a float?

I entered the following code (and had no compiling problems or anything):

float y = 5/2;
printf("%f\n", y);


The output was simply:
2.00000


My math isn't wrong is it? Or am I wrong on the / operator? It means divide doesn't it? And 5/2 should equal 2.5?

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Answer

5 is an int and 2 is an int. Therefore, 5/2 will use integer division. If you replace 5 with 5.0f (or 2 with 2.0f), making one of the ints a float, you will get floating point division and get the 2.5 you expect. You can also achieve the same effect by explicitly casting either the numerator or denominator (e.g. ((float) 5) / 2).