COS 126

Conditionals and Loops
Programming Assignment

Due: 11:59pm

The goal of this assignment is to write five short Java programs so that you get used to writing code and debugging it. Do five of the following seven exercises. All questions have equal weight. Feel free to do more than five, but we will choose which ones to grade if you submit more than the required amount.

  1. Distinct values. Write a program that takes three integer command line parameters a, b, and c and prints out the number of distinct values (1, 2, or 3) among a, b, and c.

  2. What's your sign? Write a program that takes two command line integers M and D and prints the Zodiac sign corresponding to month M (1 = January, 12 = December) and day D. Use the following table

    Capricorn December 22 January 19
    Aquarius January 20 February 17
    Pisces February 18 March 19
    Aries March 20 April 19
    Taurus April 20 May 20
    Gemini May 21 June 20
    Cancer June 21 July 22
    Leo July 23 August 22
    Virgo August 23 September 22
    Libra September 23 October 22
    Scorpio October 23 November 21
    Sagittarius November 22 December 21

  3. Checkerboard. Write a program that reads an integer, N from the command line, and prints out a two dimensional N-by-N checkerboard pattern with alternating spaces and asterisks, like the following 4-by-4 pattern.
    * * * *
     * * * *
    * * * *
     * * * *

  4. Ordinals. Write a program that takes a command line argument N and prints out the first N ordinals, followed by Hello.
    % java Ordinals 22
    1st Hello
    2nd Hello
    3rd Hello
    4th Hello
    5th Hello
    10th Hello
    11th Hello
    12th Hello
    13th Hello
    20th Hello
    21st Hello
    22nd Hello
    Hint: consider using (i % 10) and (i % 100) to determine when to use "st", "nd", "rd", or "th" for printing the ith Hello.

  5. Prime counting function. The prime counting function π(N) plays an important role in number theory. It is defined to be the number of prime numbers less than or equal to N. Write a program that reads an integer N from the command line and prints out π(N).

  6. Bohr radius. Write a program that uses Newton's method to find the radii where the probability of finding the electron in the 4s excited state of hydrogen is zero. The probability is given by: (1 - 3r/4 + r2/8 - r3/192)2 e-r/2, where r is the radius in units of the Bohr radius. Start Newton's method by reading a real number from the command line for the initial value of r. Hint: use the initial values r = 0, 5, and 13. Challenge: explain what happens if you use an initial value of r = 4, 10, and 12 (behavior may depend on your implementation).

  7. Center of mass. Write a program that reads in the position and mass of n particles from standard input and prints out their center of mass. The input file consists of n lines (although n is not known ahead of time), each containing three real numbers representing the x coordinate, y coordinate, and mass of the particle. The center of mass of the n particles (x1, y1, m1) , ..., (xn, yn, mn) is given by (x, y) where:
    x = (m1x1 + ... + mnxn) / m
    y = (m1y1 + ... + mnyn) / m
    m = m1 + m2 + ... + mn