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I am studying c++ and I am trying to figure out a question for a practice exam. It goes as follows:

Assume you have three int variables x =2, y=6 and z. Choose the value of z in the following:

z = (y/z>0) ? x : y;

am I correct in stating z=3 because the "?" is basically stating "if the previous expression is true (y/z > 0) then z =x, if it is false then y = z ? I am just making sure I am clear on what this expression is saying...

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Hi Calv1n,
> >m I correct in stating z=3
No.
z would equal 2

David Maisonave :-)
Cheers!
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Calv1n,
> >if the previous expression is true (y/z > 0) then z =x
That's right, but x equals 2, and therefore z will equal 2

David Maisonave :-}
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How do you know y/z > 0 when you don't know what the value of z is?  It seems to me that y/z > 0 is true only when z is in the range from 1 to 6.  Am I missing something?
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Ok, the expression says as u said above
But the final value of z would depend on the value of z befoe the expr is evaluated
For example,
if initially z = 1 to 6, then y/z >0, thus, z = x, i.e. z = 2 in this case
if initially z > 6 or z < 0, then, then y/z <= 0, thus z = y, i.e. z = 6 in this case

HTH
Amit
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