# Float returning 0.0 and not 0.05!

I'm quite new to Java - so I'm sure it might be a datatype issue or something else very simple, but:

float theResult = 50000 / 100000;
System.out.println(theResult);

I just checked and a float is representative of 1.40129846432481707e-45 to 3.40282346638528860e+38.  So I am a little baffeled by such a simple thing!

Andrew
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Commented:
try this

float theResult = 1.0 * (50000 / 100000);
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An integer divides by an integer will give you integer and so will result in integer 0.
0 when cast to float will give you 0.0.

To solve the problem, you need to multiply by a float (1.0) to give what you want.

hongjun

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Author Commented:
hongjun:

Makes sense (a little bit), but when I try that code above I get "incompatible types".  it's telling me it found a double.

Andrew
Author Commented:
Even if I try casting the '1.0' as a float (I think thats what the following code does), I still get the result of "0.0"...

float theResult = (float) 1.0 * (50000 / 100000);

Author Commented:
Okay, thanks hongjun!  You helped me find the solution...

float theResult = (float) 50000 / (float) 100000;

So I'm just making sure to cast every number as a float before running the calculation.  This works!

Andrew
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to use float You must explicitly say that the numbers You are working are also float so rewrite the division this way

float theResult = 50000f / 100000f;
System.out.println(theResult);

for that You may consider using double, it is more flexible.
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