# Swift Math: abs, sqrt and pow

Use math methods. Call abs, max, min, sqrt, floor, ceil and pow.**Math.** Algorithms often change numbers in specific ways. An array index is always positive. With abs we take an absolute value. This can be used as an index.

**Funcs like sqrt** are less often used. But when floor() or ceil() is needed, they simplify our Swift code. With Pow we apply exponents.

**Abs.** Let us begin with abs(). This method takes an absolute value. It always returns a positive number. It converts negative values to positive ones.

**And:** It returns positive numbers unchanged. With abs we can convert any number into a possible array index (as for hashing).

**Tip:** Abs is often used in lower-level code. For most dictionary lookups, we do not need to implement a hash computation.

**Swift program that uses abs**
let number = *-10*
print(number)*
// Use abs to make number positive.
*let result = __abs__(number)
print(result)*
// An absolute value is always positive.
*let result2 = __abs__(result)
print(result2)
**Output**
-10
10
10

**Max, min.** Sometimes in a for-loop we want to iterate until we reach the higher, or lower, of two values. This creates a safe boundary for the loop.

**Max:** This returns the larger of two numbers. It handles negative numbers. Here it returns 2000 because that was the larger argument.

**Min:** Returns the smaller of two numbers. In this example we get 10 because 2000 is larger than 10.

**Swift program that uses max, min**
let small = *10*
let big = *2000**
// Compute max.
*let resultMax = __max__(small, big)
print(resultMax)*
// Compute min.
*let resultMin = __min__(small, big)
print(resultMin)
**Output**
2000
10

**Sqrt.** This method is part of Foundation. It requires a Double argument. So we must cast Ints that we want to take the square roots of.

**Note:** Taking a square root is not a common requirement in most programs. So including Foundation is not a big problem.

**Swift program that uses sqrt method**
import Foundation*
// Compute square root with Foundation.
*let result = __sqrt__(Double(*25*))
print(result)
**Output**
5.0

**Floor.** This is a common mathematical function. It removes the fractional part of a number. So it changes 1.1 to 1.0. It will change 1.9 to 1.0 as well.

**Swift program that uses floor method**
import Foundation*
// Compute floor for a Double.
*let number1 = *1.1*
let floor1 = __floor__(number1)
print(*"floor \(number1) = \(floor1)"*)*
// Floor removes the fractional part.
*let number2 = *1.9*
let floor2 = __floor__(number2)
print(*"floor \(number2) = \(floor2)"*)
**Output**
floor 1.1 = 1.0
floor 1.9 = 1.0

**Ceil.** This method rounds numbers up, discarding a fractional part. So the ceiling of 0.1 is 1. Ceil is part of Foundation, so we must include the import statement.

**Swift program that uses ceil method**
import Foundation
let number = *0.1*
print(number)*
// Use ceil to remove the fractional part and round up.
*let result = __ceil__(number)
print(result)
**Output**
0.1
1.0

**Pow.** This method takes exponents. It is part of Foundation. It requires a Double and then returns a Double. Here we take the square of 3.0 for a result of 9.0.

**Swift program that uses pow method**
import Foundation*
// Use power of 2 on 3 (square it).
*let number = *3.0*
let result = __pow__(number, 2)*
// Write results.
*print(*"\(number) squared = \(result)"*)
**Output**
3.0 squared = 9.0

**Sign.** This property returns a plus or minus value. If the Double is negative, sign returns minus. If it is positive, the result is plus.

**Tip:** To test an Int with sign(), we must use a cast to a Double value. No Int-accepting overload exists.

**Swift program that uses signbit**
import Foundation*
// A negative number has a sign of minus.
*let number = *-1.0*
let result = number.__sign__
print(*"\(number), \(result)"*)*
// Convert Int to Double to use sign.
// ... Positive numbers have sign bits of plus.
*let number2 = *200*
let result2 = Double(number2).__sign__
print(*"\(number2), \(result2)"*)
**Output**
-1.0, minus
200, plus

**Odd, even.** With a modulo division, we can determine if a number is even or odd. We must take special care on negative numbers. We can place this logic in funcs.

Odd, Even

**Fibonacci.** In the Fibonacci sequence, each number is equal to the sum of the two previous numbers. This sequence builds on itself. And it is found throughout nature.

Fibonacci

**A review.** Numbers are everywhere in our universe, even if unseen. With these math funcs in Swift, we manipulate numbers in known and common ways. This simplifies many programs.

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