Golang : Calculate diameter, circumference, area, sphere surface and volume




Let's travel back to high school for a while and learn some physics. We will learn how to calculate a circle's area, diameter, circumference, sphere surface and sphere volume the proper way.

I saw many programmers calculate the sphere volume the wrong way in Golang. While the result might appear to be correct mathematically, but wrong. A simple division by float or integer will make a big difference in the sphere volume result.

4/3 is not the same as 4/3.0. The code below will demonstrate the differences and as a programmer, it is our job to look out for a simple mistake such as this. You never know in future, some one's life might depend on your code.

Here you go!


 package main

 import (
  "fmt"
  "math"
 )

 var (
  radius, diameter, circumference, area, sphereSurface, sphereVolume float64
 )

 func main() {
  fmt.Println("Enter the radius of a circle (in meter): ")

  _, err := fmt.Scanf("%f", &radius)

  if err != nil {
 fmt.Println(err)
  }
  fmt.Println("You have entered radius of : ", radius)

  diameter = 2 * radius
  circumference = 2 * math.Pi * radius
  area = math.Pi * math.Pow(radius, 2)
  sphereSurface = 4 * math.Pi * math.Pow(radius, 2)

  // Go to be careful here, casting float64 over 4/3 is pointless
  // because 4/3 is still 1
  // The correct way is to do 4.0/3.0
  sphereVolume = float64((4.0 / 3.0)) * (math.Pi * math.Pow(radius, 3))

  // this will give wrong result
  //sphereVolume = 4 / 3 * math.Pi * radius * radius * radius

  fmt.Println("Diameter (m) : ", diameter)
  fmt.Println("Circumference (m): ", circumference)
  fmt.Println("Area (m2) : ", area)
  fmt.Println("Sphere surface (m2) : ", sphereSurface)
  fmt.Println("Sphere volume (m3) [correct way] : ", sphereVolume)
  sphereVolume = 4 / 3 * math.Pi * radius * radius * radius // <--- WRONG!
  fmt.Println("Sphere volume (m3) [wrong way] : ", sphereVolume) 

  // compare your calculation result with
  // result from http://www.rkm.com.au/CALCULATORS/CALCULATOR-circle-sphere.html
  // and http://www.calculatorsoup.com/calculators/geometry-solids/sphere.php

 }

Output:

Enter the radius of a circle (in meter):

5

You have entered radius of : 5

Diameter (m) : 10

Circumference (m): 31.41592653589793

Area (m2) : 78.53981633974483

Sphere surface (m2) : 314.1592653589793

Sphere volume (m3) [correct way] : 523.5987755982987

Sphere volume (m3) [wrong way] : 392.69908169872417

References:

http://www.rkm.com.au/CALCULATORS/CALCULATOR-circle-sphere.html

  See also : Golang : Find change in a combination of coins example



Tags : golang physics circle diameter sphere-volume circumference

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