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# scalb

Section: Mathematical Library Functions (3M)
Updated: 12 Jul 2006

## SYNOPSIS

```c99 [ flag... ] file... -lm [ library... ]
#include <math.h>
```

double scalb(double x, double n);

float scalbf(float x, float n);

long double scalbl(long double x, long double n);

## DESCRIPTION

These functions compute x * r **n , where r is the radix of the machine's floating point arithmetic. When r is 2, scalb() is equivalent to ldexp(3M). The value of r is FLT_RADIX which is defined in <float.h>.

## RETURN VALUES

Upon successful completion, the scalb() function returns x * r **n .

If x or n is NaN, a NaN is returned.

If n is 0, x is returned.

If x is ±Inf and n is not -Inf, x is returned.

If x is ±0 and n is not +Inf, x is returned.

If x is ±0 and n is +Inf, a domain error occurs and a NaN is returned.

If x is ±Inf and n is -Inf, a domain error occurs and a NaN is returned.

If the result would cause an overflow, a range error occurs and ±HUGE_VAL (according to the sign of x) is returned.

For exceptional cases, matherr(3M) tabulates the values to be returned by scalb() as specified by SVID3 and XPG3. See standards(5).

## ERRORS

These functions will fail if:

Domain Error If x is 0 and n is +Inf, or x is Inf and n is -Inf.

If the integer expression (math_errhandling & MATH_ERREXCEPT) is non-zero, then the invalid floating-point exception is raised.

Range Error The result would overflow.

If the integer expression (math_errhandling & MATH_ERREXCEPT) is non-zero, then the overflow floating-point exception is raised.

## USAGE

An application wanting to check for exceptions should call feclearexcept(FE_ALL_EXCEPT) before calling these functions. On return, if fetestexcept(FE_INVALID | FE_DIVBYZERO | FE_OVERFLOW | FE_UNDERFLOW) is non-zero, an exception has been raised. An application should either examine the return value or check the floating point exception flags to detect exceptions.

## ATTRIBUTES

See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

 ATTRIBUTE TYPE ATTRIBUTE VALUE Interface Stability See below. MT-Level MT-Safe

The scalb() function is Standard. The scalbf() and scalbl() functions are Stable.

feclearexcept(3M), fetestexcept(3M), ilogb(3M), ldexp(3M), logb(3M), math.h(3HEAD), matherr(3M), scalbln(3M), attributes(5), standards(5)

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