Visual Basic 2010 Lesson 7- Mathematical Operations

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In Visual Basic 2010, we can write code to instruct the computer to perform mathematical operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and more. To write code for mathematical operations, we use various arithmetic operators. The Visual Basic 2010 arithmetic operators are very similar to the normal arithmetic operators. The plus and minus operators are the same while the multiplication operator uses the * symbol and the division operator uses the / symbol. The list of arithmetic operators are shown in table 7.1 below:

Table 7.1 Arithmetic Operators

Operator Mathematical Function Example
+ Addition  1+2=3
 Subtraction  10-4=6
^  Exponential  3^2=9
*  Multiplication  5*6=30
/  Division  21/7=3
Mod  Modulus(returns the remainder of an integer division)  15 Mod 4=3
\  Integer Division(discards the decimal places)  19/4=4

Example 7.1

In this program, you need to insert two Textboxes, four labels, and one button. Click the button and key in the code as shown below. Note how the various arithmetic operators are being used. When you run the program, it will perform the four basic arithmetic operations and display the results on the four labels.

Dim num1, num2, difference, product, quotient As Single
num1 = TextBox1.Text
num2 = TextBox2.Text
 product = num1 * num2
 Label3.Text = product
 Label4.Text = quotient

Example 7.2: Pythagoras Theorem

The program can use Pythagoras Theorem to calculate the length of hypotenuse c given the length of the adjacent side a and the opposite side b. In case you have forgotten the formula for the Pythagoras Theorem, it is written as

Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
Dim a, b, c As Single
 a = TextBox1.Text
 b = TextBox2.Text
End Sub

Example 7.3: BMI Calculator

A lot of people are obese now and it could affect their health seriously. Obesity has proven by the medical experts to be one of the main factors that bring many adverse medical problems, including the heart disease. If your BMI is more than 30, you are considered obese. You can refer to the following range of BMI values for your weight status.

Underweight = <18.5
Normal weight = 18.5-24.9
Overweight = 25-29.9
Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

In order to calculate your BMI, you do not have to consult your doctor, you could just use a calculator or a homemade computer program, this is exactly what I am showing you here. The BMI calculator is a Visual Basic program that can calculate the body mass index or BMI of a person based on the body weight in kilogram and the body height in meter. BMI can be calculated using the formula weight/( height )2, where weight is measured in kg and height in meter. If you only know your weight and height in lb and feet, then you need to convert them to the metric system (you could indeed write a VB program for the conversion).

Private Sub Button1_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArsgs) Handles Button1.Click
Dim height, weight, bmi As Single
 height = TextBox1.Text
 weight = TextBox2.Text
 bmi = (weight) / (height ^ 2)
 Label4.Text = bmi
End Sub

The output is shown in the figure below. In this example, your height is 1.80m( about 5 foot 11), your weight is 75 kg( about 168Ib), and your BMI is about 23.14815. The reading suggests that you are healthy. (Note; 1 foot=0.3048, 1 lb=.45359237 kilogram)

Visual Basic 2012 BMI Calculator

From the above examples, you can see that writing code involves arithmetic operations is relatively easy. Here are more arithmetic projects you can try to program:

From the above examples, you can see that perform arithmetic operations is relatively easy. Here are more arithmetic projects you can try to programs:

Area of a triangle
Area of a rectangle
Area of a circle
Volume of a cylinder
Volume of a cone
Volume of a sphere
Compound interest
Future value
Sum of angles in polygons
Conversion of lb to kg
Conversion of Fahrenheit to Celsius

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