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The following program line that starts with "ratio" is supposed to =
where M is maxSpeedRpm and m minSpeedRpm. Please help, I am going cross eyed trying to work this out.

#include <iostream>
#include <cmath>
using namespace std;
    int maxSpeedRpm, minSpeedRpm;
    double ratio;
    cout << "Enter the maximum speed in revolutions per minute";
    cin >> maxSpeedRpm;
    cout << "Enter the minimum speed in revolutions per minute";
    cin >> minSpeedRpm;
    ratio = sqrt((pow(maxSpeedRpm/minSpeedRpm),(1/5)));

    cout << "The calculated ratio is" << ratio;
    return 0;
Posted 21-Feb-13 20:26pm
Not a question. Gibberish. Very bad. You did not even report the error message.
Sarah Trattner 22-Feb-13 1:38am
whatever...I'll wait for someone that can identify the problem.
Sarah Trattner 22-Feb-13 1:38am
15 C:\Dev-Cpp\ratio.cpp no matching function for call to `pow(int)'
"Can identify"... Amazing...
Declare all variables you use...
Do you at least understand what's power?!!
It's b<small><sup>x</sup></small>, where b is the base, x is exponent. So, there should be two parameters, not one!

enhzflep 22-Feb-13 8:14am
Additionally, something you may not realize, is that in C/C++, an int divided by an int gives an int. So, 3/10 = 0. If you want to get 0.3, you'll need to declare them as floats or doubles. Also, Code::Blocks is a fairy lightweight IDE that uses MinGW (like DevCPP does) It's much better AND currently maintained. It's well worth the download. :) P.s - Look at Sergey's rep - it's over 10,000 this month! He's probably forgotten more this month than you and I combined have learned in the past year. And you know, technically, he was right insofar as there isn't a question in your initial post. ;) Welcome to the madhouse! :)
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Solution 2

If you intersperse some blanks you can see for yourself why it doesn't compile:
ratio = sqrt( (pow(maxSpeedRpm/minSpeedRpm), (1/5)) );

So you got the parenthese wrong. You probably meant to write:
ratio = sqrt (pow ((maxSpeedRpm/minSpeedRpm), 0.2));
Mike M.00 22-Feb-13 12:05pm
Yes, white space is your friend - computers don't care, but brains see the structure better.

HINT to the unseasoned or occasional programmer: Pay close attention to at least the first error message generated by the compiler - make sure you know what it means as it will lead you in the direction of your solution. In this case "no matching function for call to 'pow(int)'" was trying to tell you the compiler could not find a function called 'pow' which took one integer parameter (see hemantrautela's Solution 1).

Another trick I like to use to debug complicated math expressions, is to define a series of temporaries and build up the final expression one step at a time. This allows me to see all the intermediary values and it ends up isolating any error messages to exactly and only the offending item, e.g.:
int t1 = maxSpeedRpm/minSpeedRpm; // Here you would see t1 is zero for some data like 5/7, so this needs to be float.
float t2 = pow ( t1, 0.2 ); // And actually pow() needs a double as first argument, but comilers convert it for you.
float t3 = sqrt ( t2 );
A debugger allows you to see each value and understand what's working, what's not.
Mike M.
nv3 22-Feb-13 12:35pm
Very good points, Mike. I hope the original poster will heed your advice!
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Solution 1

pow() function having two below
c++ , cmath
double pow (      double base,      double exponent );
long double pow ( long double base, long double exponent );
      float pow (       float base,       float exponent );
     double pow (      double base,         int exponent );
long double pow ( long double base,         int exponent );

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