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Modulus on Negative Numbers
  • Difficulty Level : Medium
  • Last Updated : 07 Jun, 2018

What will be the output of the following C program?




#include <stdio.h>
int main()
{
   int a = 3, b = -8, c = 2;
   printf("%d", a % b / c);
   return 0;
}

Output

1

% and / have same precedence and left to right associativity. So % is performed first which results in 3 and / is performed next resulting in 1. The emphasis is, sign of left operand is appended to result in case of modulus operator in C.




#include <stdio.h>
int main()
{
   // a positive and b negative.
   int a = 3, b = -8;
   printf("%d", a % b);
   return 0;
}

Output

3




#include <stdio.h>
int main()
{
   // a negative and b positive
   int a = -3, b = 8;
   printf("%d", a % b);
   return 0;
}

Output

-3




#include <stdio.h>
int main()
{
   // a and b both negative
   int a = -3, b = -8;
   printf("%d", a % b);
   return 0;
}

Output

-3

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