Need help with calling the toString method from my class into my main method...Plz HELP

Posted on 2006-11-18
Last Modified: 2010-03-31
Im writing a program where you input four coefficients and it evaluates x for f(x) and then prints a table.....Before this table is printed however, I need to call the equasion from a toString method and print it into output using System.out.println(toString). Everytime I compile the main program i get this error cannot find symbol
symbol  : method toString(java.lang.String)
location: class Polynomial

The Class compiles fine....

Here is my code....

import java.util.Scanner;
import java.text.DecimalFormat;

public class Poly
      public static void main (String[] args)
double c4,c3,c2,c1,c0,x,interval,xvalue;
int ptnumber,counter;
String result;

DecimalFormat fmt = new DecimalFormat ("0.##");

Scanner scan = new Scanner (;

System.out.print ("Enter the coefficient of x^4(0.0 if none:");
c4 = scan.nextDouble();

System.out.print ("Enter the coefficient of x^3(0.0 if none:");
c3 = scan.nextDouble();

System.out.print ("Enter the coefficient of x^2(0.0 if none:");
c2 = scan.nextDouble();

System.out.print ("Enter the coefficient of x^1(0.0 if none:");
c1 = scan.nextDouble();

System.out.print ("Enter the constant:");
c0 = scan.nextDouble();

System.out.print ("Enter the starting value of x:");
x = scan.nextDouble();

System.out.print ("Enter the number of points to be graphed(Integer):");
ptnumber = scan.nextInt();

System.out.print ("Enter the interval between points:");
interval = scan.nextDouble();

Polynomial pn = new Polynomial(c4, c3, c2, c1, c0);


System.out.println("x      | f(x)");
counter = 0;
while (counter < ptnumber)

System.out.println(x            +"      | "+fmt.format(pn.evaluate(x)));

x = (x + interval);


import javax.swing.JPanel;
import java.awt.*;
import java.text.DecimalFormat;

import java.text.DecimalFormat;
public class Polynomial
   double coeff4, coeff3, coeff2, coeff1, constant;
   public Polynomial(double c4, double c3, double c2, double c1, double c0)
            coeff4 = c4;
            coeff3 = c3;
            coeff2 = c2;
            coeff1 = c1;
            constant = c0;
      public double evaluate(double x)
            double xsq = x*x;
          return (coeff4*xsq*xsq + coeff3*xsq*x + coeff2*xsq + coeff1*x + constant);
      public String toString()
         //String result = "";
            String result =  (coeff4 + "*x^4 + " + coeff3 + "*x^3 + " + coeff2 + "*x^2 + " + coeff1 + "*x^1 + " + constant);
            return result;
  public void draw(Graphics page, int xPixels, int yPixels)
    final int NUM = 11;
    final double INTERVAL = 0.5;
    final double XSTART = 0.0;

    final int XMARGIN = 70;
    final int XUSABLEPIXELS = xPixels - 2*XMARGIN;
    final int YMARGIN =40;
    final int YUSABLEPIXELS = yPixels - 2*YMARGIN;
        // Label the graph
    page.drawString("Graph of f(x) = " + toString(), XMARGIN + 20, YMARGIN);

    // Draw the x axis and put in hash marks
    page.drawLine(XMARGIN, yPixels - YMARGIN, xPixels - XMARGIN, yPixels - YMARGIN);
    for ( int i = 0; i < NUM; i++ )
        page.drawLine(XMARGIN + i * XINTERVALPIXELS, yPixels - YMARGIN, XMARGIN + i * XINTERVALPIXELS, yPixels - YMARGIN + 5);
       DecimalFormat twoPlaces = new DecimalFormat("0.00");

    // Label the x axis
    for (int i = 0; i < NUM; i++)
        page.drawString( twoPlaces.format(XSTART + i * INTERVAL), 3 * XMARGIN / 4 + i * XINTERVALPIXELS, yPixels - YMARGIN/2);

    // Draw the y axis
    page.drawLine(XMARGIN, YMARGIN, XMARGIN, yPixels - YMARGIN);

    // Label the y axis and put in hash marks
    final double YMIN = 0.0;
    final double YINTERVAL = 100.0;

    for (int i = 0; i < NUM; i++)
        page.drawString(twoPlaces.format(YMIN + i * YINTERVAL), XMARGIN / 4, yPixels - i * YINTERVALPIXELS - YMARGIN);
        page.drawLine(XMARGIN, yPixels - YMARGIN - i * YINTERVALPIXELS, XMARGIN - 5, yPixels - YMARGIN - i * YINTERVALPIXELS);

    // your code

Question by:lusius188
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Accepted Solution

Ajay-Singh earned 250 total points
ID: 17972509
the default implementation doesn't take any argument, if you want toString of result varaible, you should just call


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