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I am add method of getDescription to the Polynomial class  Method should return one of the 4 strings from the chart.  This method should take no input parameters.   Then add code to the main class that will prompt the user to enter the number of terms in a polynomial.

Chart is
             Number of Terms            Description
                    1                                  monomial
                    2                                  binomail
                    3                                  trinomial
                    4 or more                    Polynomial(no special name)

Output should read:
How many ters are in the polynomial function?
2
The fucntion is a binomial

Any help would greatly be appreciated.

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package polynomialtester;
import javax.swing.JOptionPane;
public class PolynomialTester {
   
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
    String input;
    int numTerms;
   
    input = JOptionPane.showInputDialog("How many terms are in the polyomial funcions?");
   numTerms = int.parseInt(input);      
    }

}
*********************************
package polynomialtester;

public class Polynomial
{
    public Polynomial(int initTerms)
    {
        numTerms = initTerms;
    }
    public int getTerms()
    {
    return numTerms;
    }
  public int getDescription(int numTerms)
    {
      String monomial;
      String binomail;
      String trinomial;
      String Polynomial;
         
        switch(numTerms)
        {
              case 1 : return "monomial";
              case 2 : return  "binomail";
              case 3 : return "trinomial";
              default :
                    if(numTerms >= 4)
                    {
                          return "polynomial";
                    }
         }
         // HERE BELONGS A return FOR ALL OTHER CASES.
     }        
               
    private int numTerms;  
   
}

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by:sciuriware
ID: 22865233
The following lines have no purpose and should be deleted:

    public Polynomial(int initTerms)
    {
        numTerms = initTerms;
    }
    public int getTerms()
    {
    return numTerms;
    }
and:
      String monomial;
      String binomail;
      String trinomial;
      String Polynomial;

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by:ca1358
ID: 22865244
public Polynomial(int initTerms)
    {
        numTerms = initTerms;
    }
    public int getTerms()
    {
    return numTerms;
    }
The exercise has this start and must include the above in the class.
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by:sciuriware
ID: 22865255
Some lines added:

    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
    String input;
    int numTerms;
   
    input = JOptionPane.showInputDialog("How many terms are in the polyomial funcions?");

    try // Checking input, prepare for errors:
    {
          numTerms = int.parseInt(input);
          System.out.println("That function is " + Polynomial.getDescription(numTerms);
    }
    catch(ParseException e)
    {
           System.err.println("Bad input:  " + input);
    }

the other class changes too:

  public static int getDescription(int numTerms)
    {
      String monomial;
      String binomail;
      String trinomial;
      String Polynomial;
         
        switch(numTerms)
        {
              case 1 : return "monomial";
              case 2 : return  "binomail";
              case 3 : return "trinomial";
              default :
                    if(numTerms >= 4)
                    {
                          return "polynomial";
                    }
         }
         return("Illegal number.");
     }        

The private int at the bottom can be deleted too.
Unless you insist in creating an object for Polynomial ......................

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by:sciuriware
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I was typing while you answered.
You should have listed the exercise first!

Now the code changes a bit.

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***********************************
package polynomialtester;
import javax.swing.JOptionPane;
public class PolynomialTester
{
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
    String input;
    int numTerms;
   
    input = JOptionPane.showInputDialog("How many terms are there in the polynomial function?");
    try // Checking input, prepare for errors:
    {
          numTerms = int.parseInt(input);
          Polynomial p = new Polynomial(numTerms);
          System.out.println("That function is " + p.getDescription();
    }
    catch(ParseException e)
    {
           System.err.println("Bad input:  " + input);
    }
}
*********************************
package polynomialtester;

public class Polynomial
{
               
    private int numTerms;  // Declaration on top!!!

   
    public Polynomial(int initTerms)  // Constructor
    {
        numTerms = initTerms;
    }
    public int getTerms()     // Unused now.
    {
    return numTerms;
    }

     public int getDescription()  // No argument, it was already given!
     {
        switch(numTerms)
        {
              case 1 : return "monomial";
              case 2 : return  "binomail";
              case 3 : return "trinomial";
              default :
                    if(numTerms >= 4)
                    {
                          return "polynomial";
                    }
         }
         return("Illegal number.");
     }        
}

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