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calc - calculator language


calc [ -s ] [ file ]

calc [ -s ] [ expression ]


Calc interprets a simple language for floating-point arithmetic with Limbo-like syntax and functions.

If no file or expression is given calc interprets the standard input.

Calc input consists of expressions and statements. Expressions are evaluated and their results printed. Statements, typically assignments and function definitions, produce no output unless they explicitly call print.

Comments begin with # and extend to the end of the line as in Limbo.

Numbers may have a base specified using C or Limbo syntax.

Variable names have the usual syntax, including _. They may be introduced without a declaration and have an initial default value of 0.0.

The predefined variable degrees can be set to specify angles in degrees rather than radians in the trigonometric functions below. It is initially 0 (angles in radians by default).

The predefined variable printbase can be set to any integer between 2 and 36 inclusive to specify the base of all values output.

The constants e, Pi(PI), Phi(φ), Gamma(γ), Infinity(∞), and Nan(NaN) are predefined.

Expressions are formed with these Limbo-like operators, listed by decreasing precedence.

! ~ + - ++ --
* / % //
+ -
<< >>
> >= < <= <->
== != -> <-
& ^
| v
? :
= := += -= *= /= %= //= &= ^= |= <<= >>=

If the -s flag is given, a strict interpretation of the declaration rules are enforced - all variables must be declared and initialized first using the := operator. Otherwise undeclared variables are declared and initialized to 0.0 in the current scope. In either case, := always forces a new declaration.

The extra non-Limbo operators are factorial (! when postfix), integer division (//), conditional (? and :) comma (,), logical equivalence (<->), implication (->), reverse implication (<-), nand (^) and nor (v).

Unary operators, assignment operators, **, ? and : are right associative as usual.

The comma operator may be replaced by white space in expressions.

Built in functions are abs, acos, acosh, asin, asinh, atan, atanh, atan2, cbrt, ceiling, cos, cosh, erf, exp, floor, frac, gamma(Γ), int, log, log10, max, min, pow, rand, round, sign, sin, sinh, sqrt, tan, and tanh.

Functions of one argument may be written without brackets:

	sin 45
	sqrt 2
These behave as unary operators with the highest precedence.

Sum and product operators are available using sigma (Σ) and pi (Π). For example

	sigma(i = 0, 100, 1/i!)
gives the value 2.7182818284590455 .

Simple definite integration can be done:

	integral(x = -1.96, 1.96, exp(-0.5*x*x)/sqrt(2*Pi))
outputs 0.9500042096998785 . ∫ may be used in place of integral.

For the sake of completeness, the derivative of a function at a given point can be calculated:

	differential(x=1, x*x+5*x+6)
gives 7. CAP-DELTA may be used in place of differential.

There is limited support for the solution of equations. For example

outputs the values 2 and 3. The value returned by solve is the largest of the roots. To specify the variable to solve for, if ambiguous, simply add it as a second parameter as in, for example,
	solve(x**2-5*x+6==y**3+z, x)
This will substitute the current values of y and z and solve for x. To tune the solution process, the predefined variables solvelimit (default value 100) and solvestep (default value 1) are available. The former specifies the maximum absolute solution to search for. The latter specifies the interval increment to apply when searching for sign changes.

Print prints a list of expressions that may include string constants such as "hello\n".

Read reads in a list of values interactively. The list of variables to assign these values should follow.

Other files may be read in using the Limbo include statement.

Control flow statements are break, continue, exit, return, if-else, while, do-while, and for, with braces for grouping.

The use of semi-colon and newline is optional.

Functions are introduced by the keyword fn.


fn ack(a, b)
	n = n+1
	if(a == 0)
		return b+1;
	if(b == 0)
		return ack(a-1, 1);
	return ack(a-1, ack(a, b-1));

for(i = 0; i < 4; i++)
	for(j = 0; j < 4; j++){
		n = 0
		print "ack(", i, ",", j, ")=", ack(i, j), "\n"
		print n, " calls", "\n"




fc(1), math-intro(2)

CALC(1 ) Rev:  Sun Feb 22 17:41:21 GMT 2009