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C program to sort an array in ascending order
• Difficulty Level : Easy
• Last Updated : 16 Dec, 2019

Given an array arr[] of size N, the task is to sort this array in ascending order in C.

Examples:

```Input: arr[] = {0, 23, 14, 12, 9}
Output: {0, 9, 12, 14, 23}

Input: arr[] = {7, 0, 2}
Output: {0, 2, 7}
```

## Recommended: Please try your approach on {IDE} first, before moving on to the solution.

Approach:
There are many ways by which the array can be sorted in ascending order, like:

The array can be sorted in ascending order by repeatedly finding the minimum element (considering ascending order) from unsorted part and putting it at the beginning. The algorithm maintains two subarrays in a given array.

1. The subarray which is already sorted.
2. Remaining subarray which is unsorted.

In every iteration of selection sort, the minimum element (considering ascending order) from the unsorted subarray is picked and moved to the sorted subarray.

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

 `// C program to sort the array in an ` `// ascending order using selection sort ` ` `  `#include ` ` `  `void` `swap(``int``* xp, ``int``* yp) ` `{ ` `    ``int` `temp = *xp; ` `    ``*xp = *yp; ` `    ``*yp = temp; ` `} ` ` `  `// Function to perform Selection Sort ` `void` `selectionSort(``int` `arr[], ``int` `n) ` `{ ` `    ``int` `i, j, min_idx; ` ` `  `    ``// One by one move boundary of unsorted subarray ` `    ``for` `(i = 0; i < n - 1; i++) { ` ` `  `        ``// Find the minimum element in unsorted array ` `        ``min_idx = i; ` `        ``for` `(j = i + 1; j < n; j++) ` `            ``if` `(arr[j] < arr[min_idx]) ` `                ``min_idx = j; ` ` `  `        ``// Swap the found minimum element ` `        ``// with the first element ` `        ``swap(&arr[min_idx], &arr[i]); ` `    ``} ` `} ` ` `  `// Function to print an array  ` `void` `printArray(``int` `arr[], ``int` `size) ` `{ ` `    ``int` `i; ` `    ``for` `(i = 0; i < size; i++) ` `        ``printf``(``"%d "``, arr[i]); ` `    ``printf``(``"\n"``); ` `} ` ` `  `// Driver code ` `int` `main() ` `{ ` `    ``int` `arr[] = { 0, 23, 14, 12, 9 }; ` `    ``int` `n = ``sizeof``(arr) / ``sizeof``(arr); ` `    ``printf``(``"Original array: \n"``); ` `    ``printArray(arr, n); ` ` `  `    ``selectionSort(arr, n); ` `    ``printf``(``"\nSorted array in Ascending order: \n"``); ` `    ``printArray(arr, n); ` ` `  `    ``return` `0; ` `} `

Output:

```Original array:
0 23 14 12 9

Sorted array in Ascending order:
0 9 12 14 23
```

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