Floating Point Numbers in PHP
A floating point number is one that has a dot in it, like 0.5 and 10.8. You don’t need any special syntax to set these types of numbers up. Here’s an example for you to try:
<?php $first_number = 1.2; $second_number = 2.5; $sum_total = $second_number + $first_number; print ($sum_total); ?>
You add up, subtract, divide and multiply these numbers in exactly the same way as the integers you’ve been using. A warning comes with floating point numbers, though: you shouldn’t trust them, if you’re after a really, really precise answer!
To round up this section on number variables, here’s a few exercises (In your print statements, there should be no numbers – just variable names):
Write a script to add up the following figures: 198, 134, 76. Use a print statement to output your answer.
Write a script to add up the following two numbers: 15, 45. Then subtract the answer from 100. Use a print statement to output your answer.
Use variables to calculate the answer to the following sum:
(200 * 15) / 10
Use a print statement to output your answer.