created 08/02/99; revised 06/20/07, 07/15/08


Chapter 12 Programming Exercises


Exercise 1 — Discount Prices

During a special sale at a store, a 10% discount is taken on purchases over $10.00. Write a program that asks for the amount of purchases, then calculates the discounted price. The purchase amount will be input in cents (as an integer):

Enter amount of purchases:
2000
Discounted price: 1800

Use integer arithmetic throughout the program.

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Exercise 2 — Order Checker

Bob's Discount Bolts charges the following prices:

Write a program that asks the user for the number of bolts, nuts, and washers in their purchase and then calculates and prints out the total. As an added feature, the program checks the order. A correct order must have at least as many nuts as bolts and at least twice as many washers as blots, otherwise the order has an error. For an error the program writes out "Check the Order: too few nuts" or "Check the Order: too few washers" as appropriate. Both error messages are written if the order has both errors. If there are no errors the program writes out "Order is OK." In all cases the total price in cents (of the specified number of items) is written out.

Number of bolts: 12
Number of nuts: 8
Number of washers: 24

Check the Order: too few nuts

Total cost: 108

Use constants for the unit cost of each item. In other words, declare constants such as final int boltPrice = 5;.

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Exercise 3 — Last Chance Gas

Al's Last Chance Gas station sits on Route 190 on the edge of Death Valley. There is no other gas station for 200 miles. You are to write a program to help drivers decide if they need gas. The program asks for:

The program then writes out "Get Gas" or "Safe to Proceed" depending on if the car can cross the 200 miles with the gas remaining in the tank.

Tank capacity:
12
Gage reading:
50
Miles per gallon:
30
Get Gas!

Use integers for all input and all arithmetic.    

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Exercise 4 — Pie Eating Contest

At the State Fair Pie Eating Contest all contestants in the heavyweight division must weigh within 30 pounds of 250 pounds. Write a program that asks for a contestant's weight and then says if the contestant is allowed in the contest.

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Exercise 5 — Ground Beef Value Calculator

Different packages of ground beef have different percentages of fat and different costs per pound. Write a program that asks the user for:

  1. The price per pound of package "A"
  2. The percent lean in package "A"
  3. The price per pound of package "B"
  4. The percent lean in package "B"

The program then calculates the cost per pound of lean (non-fat) beef for each package and writes out which is the best value.

Price per pound package A:
2.89
Percent lean package A:
85
Price per pound package B:
3.49
Percent lean package B:
93

Package A cost per pound of lean:3.4
Package B cost per pound of lean:3.752688
Package A is the best value

Assume that the two packages will not come out equal in value.

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Exercise 5 — Y2K Problem Detector

Write a program that asks a user for their birth year encoded as two digits (like "62") and for the current year, also encoded as two digits (like "99"). The program is to correctly write out the users age in years.

Year of Birth: 62
Current year: 99
Your age: 37

The program will have to determine when a two digit value such as "62" corresponds to a year in the 20th century ("1962") or the 21st century. Herenother run of the program, where "00" is taken to mean the year 2000:

Year of Birth: 62
Current year: 00
Your age: 38

Assume that ages are not negative. Another run of the program:

Year of Birth: 27
Current year: 07
Your age: 80

In the following run, the age of the person could be 6 or 106 depending on the assumptions. Assume that the age will always be less than or equal to 100.

Year of Birth: 01
Current year: 07
Your age: 6

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Exercise 6 — Wind Chill Index

(You will need to include java.Math.* and use floating point input for this exercise.)

The wind chill index (WCI) is calculated from the wind speed v in miles per hour and the temperature t in Fahrenheit. Three formulas are used, depending on the wind speed:

if (0 <= v <= 4) then WCI = t

if (v >=45) then WCI = 1.6t - 55

otherwise, WCI = 91.4 + (91.4 - t)(0.0203v - 0.304(v)1/2 - 0.474)

To calculate (v)1/2 use Math.sqrt( double ).

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Exercise 7 — Your Age in Seconds

Write a program that asks for your age in years, months, and days and writes out your age in seconds. Do this by calculating the number of total days you have been alive, then multiply this by the number of hours per day (24), the number of minutes per hour (60), and the number of seconds per minute (60). Assume that there are 365 days per year (ignore leap years). But correctly take account of the different number of days in different months. If the user enters 5 for the number of months, add up the number of days in the first 5 months: 31 + 28 + 31 + 30 + 31

A human lifespan is about 2.5 billion seconds (2.5 billion heart-beats).

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Exercise 8 — Matinee Movie Tickets

Write a program that determines the price of a movie ticket (similar to the one in the chapter). The program asks for the customer's age and for the time on a 24-hour clock (where noon is 1200 and 4:30PM is 1630). The normal adult ticket price is $8.00, however the adult matinee price is $5.00. Adults are those over 13 years. The normal chilren's ticket price is $4.00, however the chilren's matinee price is $2.00.

Get the information from the user and then use nested if statements to determine the ticket price. It is usually a good idea to separate the "information gathering phase" (asking the user for age and time) from the "processing phase" of a progam (determinine the ticket price). There are many ways in which the if statements can be nested. Sketch out a flowchart as you design your program.

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Exercise 9 — Midnight Madness

Sales of movie tickets has been dropping! In an effort to attract more viewers, the theater has started a new policy charging $4.00 for all tickets sold after 2200 (10PM). However, no children may purchase tickets after that time. Add logic to the program of exercise 8 to implement the new policy.

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End of the Exercises