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Definition of a Numeric Type

Type Requirements
A NumericType is any type that satisfies the requirements below. The following is a list of some numeric types: int, float, double, AD<double>, AD< AD<double> >. The routine CheckNumericType can be used to check that a type satisfies these conditions.

Default Constructor
The syntax
NumericType x;
creates a NumericType object with an unspecified value.

Constructor From Integer
If i is an int, the syntax
NumericType x(i);
creates a NumericType object with a value equal to i where i can be const.

Copy Constructor
If x is a NumericType object the syntax
NumericType y(x);
creates a NumericType object y with the same value as x where x can be const.

If x and y are NumericType objects, the syntax
x = y
sets the value of x equal to the value of y where y can be const. The expression corresponding to this operation is unspecified; i.e., it could be void and hence
x = y = z
may not be legal.

Suppose x , y and z NumericType objects where x and y may be const. In the result type column, NumericType can be replaced by any type that can be used just like a NumericType object.
Operation Description Result Type
+x unary plus NumericType
-x unary minus NumericType
x +  y binary addition NumericType
x -  y binary subtraction NumericType
x *  y binary multiplication NumericType
x /  y binary division NumericType
z += y compound assignment addition unspecified
z -= y compound assignment subtraction unspecified
z *= y compound assignment multiplication unspecified
z /= y compound assignment division unspecified

The file numeric_type.cpp contains an example and test of using numeric types. It returns true if it succeeds and false otherwise. (It is easy to modify to test additional numeric types.)

  1. List three operators that are not supported by every numeric type but that are supported by the numeric types int, float, double.
  2. Which of the following are numeric types: std::complex<double>, std::valarray<double>, std::vector<double> ?

Input File: omh/numeric_type.omh