<math.h> error in Microsoft Visual C++

Posted on 2008-06-22
Last Modified: 2013-11-26
I've created a header file which contains lines like this :

Value = 1*pow(10,13) + 3 * pow(10.0,4) , where Value is an unsigned long long.

The header file was working perfectly on Borland C++ Builder 6. I've tried to run it using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008,(Visual C++) and i get errors like this:

c:\my documents\visual studio 2008\projects\chrysaor\chrysaor\File2.h(168) : error C2668: 'pow' : ambiguous call to overloaded function
        C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\include\math.h(575): could be 'long double pow(long double,int)'
        C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\include\math.h(527): or       'float pow(float,int)'
        C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\VC\include\math.h(489): or       'double pow(double,int)'
        while trying to match the argument list '(int, int)'

Why this happens and how do I fix it?

Thanks a lot.
Question by:Chrysaor
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Accepted Solution

sistemu earned 150 total points
ID: 21841015
Try using:
Value = 1*pow(10.0,13) + 3 * pow(10.0,4)

Value = 1*pow((double)10,13) + 3 * pow((double)10.0,4)

Function pow has 3 overloads:
~ long double pow(long double,int)
~ float pow(float,int)
~ double pow(double,int)
but either one corresponds to the way you call them.
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Expert Comment

ID: 21841625
Since your result is a long long, just to be safe, make the 1 and 3 1LL and 3LL respectively.
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Expert Comment

ID: 21841696
Since your result is a long long, just to be safe, make the 1 and 3 1LL and 3LL respectively.

Assisted Solution

johnnash1180 earned 150 total points
ID: 21845157
The following may help.

long double Value = 1LL*pow(10.0f,13) + 3LL * pow(10.0f,4);

The complete documentation of pow function at the following URL:

Nash J

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