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Functions: Functions in programming languages help in organising and managing codes in modular way.
Following are the main advantages of using functions in a program.
(i) Functions help in breaking down the code into smaller units for easy debugging and managing.
(ii) Functions help in re-using the same code without rewriting it.

A C++ function definition consists of a ​function header and a ​function body​. All the parts of a function
are as follows:
● Return Type​: A function may return a value. The ​return_type is the datatype of the value the
function returns. Some functions perform the desired operations without returning a value. In
such case, the return_type of the function is mentioned by ​void​.
● Function Name: This is the name of the function. The function name and the parameter list
together constitute the function signature.
● Parameters: A parameter(s) is/are like a placeholder. When a function is invoked, you pass a
value(s) to the parameter(s). The parameter list refers to the type, order, and number of the
parameters of a function. Parameters are optional; that is, a function may contain no
● Function Body: The function body contains a collection of statements that define what the
function does.

In C++, a few generic functions are already defined in pre-existing header files, which are bundled
alongwith the C++ compiler, these functions are known as built-in (predefined) functions.

Header File: ​math.h

Built-in Function Description Example Output
abs() To return absolute int N=90,M=-567,L; 90
value of an integer L=abs(N); 567
value N cout<<L<<endl;

fabs() To return absolute float X=-9.45,Y=56.7,Z; 9.45

value of a float Z=fabs(X); 56.7
value X cout<<Z<<endl;

sin() To return const float PIE=3.1416;

trigonometric sine of float X; 1
angle X in radians X=sin(PIE/2); 0.500001

cos() To return const float PIE=3.1416; 0.499998

trigonometric cosine float X; 0.866025
of angle X in radians X=cos(PIE/3);

sqrt() To return square root float X=25,Y=625,Z; 5

of a number X Z=sqrt(X); 25

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pow() To return X raised to float X=5,Y=3,Z; 125

power Y Z=pow(X,Y); 16

log() To return natural float X=5.5,Y=3.3,Z; 1.704748

logarithm of X Z=log(X); 1.193922
(base e) cout<<Z<<endl;

exp() To return exponential float X=1.704748,Z; 5.5

of x Z=exp(X);
Header File: ​ctype.h
Built-in Function Description Example Output
toupper() To return ascii value char P=’A’,Q=’b’,R=’*’,S,T; 66:B
of uppercase letter cout<<toupper(Q)<<”:” A:*
for lowercase letter, <<(char)toupper(Q)<<endl;
else ascii value of the S=toupper(P);
character itself. T=toupper(R);

tolower() To return ascii value char P=’A’,Q=’b’,R=’#’,S,T; 98:b

of lowercase letter cout<<tolower(Q)<<”:” a:#
for uppercase letter, <<(char)tolower(Q)<<endl;
else ascii value of the S=tolower(P);
character itself. T=tolower(R);

isalpha() To return true char P=’A’,Q=’b’,R=’#’; A Alphabet

(non-zero) value, if if (isalpha(P)) # NotAlphabet
the character passed cout<<P<<” Alphabet\n”; b Alphabet
is an alphabet else if (!isalpha(R))
return false (i.e.0) cout<<R<<” NotAlphabet\n”;
value. if (isalpha(Q))
cout<<Q<<” Alphabet\n”;

isdigit() To return true char P=’8’,Q=’b’; 8 Digit

(non-zero) value, if if (isdigit(P)) b NotDigit
the character passed cout<<P<<” Digit\n”;
is a digit else return if (isdigit(Q))
false (i.e.0) value. cout<<Q<<” Digit\n”;
cout<<Q<<” Not Digit\n”;

isalnum() To return true char P=’8’,R=’#’; Alpha/Digit

(non-zero) value, if if (isalnum(P)) NoAlpha/Digit
the character passed cout<<” Alpha/Digit\n”;
is a alphabet/digit if (!isalnum(R))
else return false cout<<”NoAlpha/Digit\n”;
(i.e.0) value. else

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isupper() To return true char P=’A’,R=’d’; UpperCase

(non-zero) value, if if (isupper(P)) Not UpperCase
the character passed cout<<”UpperCase \n”;
is an uppercase if (!isupper(R))
alphabet else return cout<<”Not UpperCase\n”;
false (i.e.0) value. else

islower() To return true char P=’b’,R=’A’; LowerCase

(non-zero) value, if if (islower(P)) Not LowerCase
the character passed cout<<”LowerCase \n”;
is an lowercase if (!islower(R))
alphabet else return cout<<”Not LowerCase\n”;
false (i.e.0) value. else

Header File: ​stdlib.h

Built-in Function Description Example Output
random() To return a randomly int A,B,C; Ist Time Run
generated value A=random(10);//0..9 5X4?​21
between 0 and N-1. B=random(5); //0..4 Incorrect
Where N is an integer cout<<A<<”x”<<B<<”?”;
passed to the cin>>C; IInd Time Run
function. if (C==A*B) 5X4?​20
cout<<”Correct!”; Correct

randomize() randomize() function int A,B,C; Ist Time Run

initializes the random randomize(); 6X2=​12
number generator A=random(10);//0..9 Correct
with a random value, B=random(5); //0..4
so that every time cout<<A<<”x”<<B<<”?”; IInd Time Run
random() function cin>>C; 7X4=​26
generates different if (C==A*B) Incorrect
set of random values. cout<<”Correct!”;

User Defined Function

User defined function is a function, which is written by the programmer in the program for a particular

Function Definition: It is a module of a program, which requires Function Header and Function Body.
Function Header contains <Return Type>, <Function Name> and <Formal Parameter List>, whereas
Function Body has { } enclosure to hold C++ statements, which are executed, when the function is called.

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Syntax​ for ​defining a function​ in C++ is as follows:

<Return Type> <Function Name>(<Formal Parameter List>) [Function Header]
{ +
<Statement1>; [Function Body]

Example 1: To display a message on screen Example 2​: ​To display N integers on screen

void Display() void Count(int N)

{ {
cout<<”Hello!”<<endl; for (int I=1;I<=N;I++)
cout<<”I m user defined funct.”<<endl;

Once the function is defined in the program, it can be called and executed any number of times with
different set of parameters (as per number of parameters and their respective data types).
To call a function, we use the following syntax:
<Function Name>(<Actual Parameter List>);

Example 1 (Contd..) Example 2​ ​(Contd..)

void main() void main()

{ {
Display(); //Function Call Count(4); //Function Call
cout<<”---------------”<<endl; cout<<”------”<<endl;
Display(); //Function Call int N;
cout<<”###############”<<endl; cout<<”N:”;cin>>N;
Display(); //Function Call Count(N); //Function Call
} }
/* Output /* Output
Hello! 1
I m user defined funct. 2
--------------- 3
Hello! 4
I m user defined funct. ------
############### N:3
Hello! 1
I m user defined funct. 2
*/ */

(1) It is essential to mention the datatype of each FORMAL Parameter explicitly.
(2) Mention of datatype of Actual Parameter is not required.

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Example 3: To display table of M, N times Example 4:​ ​To display triangle pattern of N rows

void Table(int M,int N) void Line(int N) //Function 1

{ {
for (int I=1;I<=N;I++) for (int I=1;I<=N;I++)
void main()
{ void Pattern(int N)//Function 2
Table(2,3); {
int L,Times; for (int I=1;I<=N;I++)
cout<<”Number:”;cin>>L; {
for (int J=1;J<=I;J++)
Table(L+2,Times+2); cout<<J;
} cout<<endl;
------------------------------------------------------------------ }
Note:​ In this example, we have used c ​ onstants​, }
variables​ as well as ​expressions​ as actual Parameters
------------------------------------------------------------------ void main()
/* --- Sample Output --- {
2x1=2 Pattern(3); //Call for Function 2
2x2=4 Line(10); //Call for Function 1
2x3=6 Pattern(5); //Call for Function 2
Number:5 }
5x1=5 /* --- Output ---
5x2=10 1
5x3=15 12
5x4=20 123
7x1=7 **********
7x2=14 1
7x3=21 12
7x4=28 123
7x5=35 1234
7x6=42 12345
7x7=49 */

Function with return type other than void

The function in which the return type is ​other than void​, will essentially have one last executable
statement as ​return <Value>​. This return keyword is responsible for returning a result from the
function. In the Even() function of Example 5, you see two return statements, out of which only one will
be ​executable return as it is part of if statement. Sum()function in Example 6 has only one return
statement, which is responsible for returning value of sum of series.

Another thing to note is that while calling such functions, you will require to assign the returned value in
a variable (as shown in first call of Sum() function in main() of Example 6) ​or directly use the value in if
statement (as in main() function of Example 5) ​or in any part of expression ​or directly display the value
in cout(as shown in second call of Sum() function in main() of Example 6).

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Example 5: To check if a number is even or not Example 6:​ ​To find sum of 2+4+6+.... N times

int Even(int N) int Sum(int N)

{ {
if (N%2==0) for (int I=1,S=0;I<=N;I++)
return 1;
return 0; return S;
} }
void main() void main()
{ {
int N; int Terms,SS;
cout<<”Number to check:”;cin>>N; cout<<”Terms:”;cin>>Terms;
if (Even(N)) SS=Sum(Terms);
cout<<”It is an Even Number”;
cout<<”Sum Series 1:”<<SS<<endl;
cout<<”It is an Odd Number”; cout<<”Sum Series :”<<Sum(5)<<endl;
} }
/* --- Output --- /* --- Output ---
Number to check:86 Terms:10
It is an Even Number Sum Series 1:110
*/ Sum Series 2:30

Example 7: To calculate Simple Interest Example 8:​ ​To find Grade for given Marks

float SI(float P,float R,int T) char GradeMe(float Marks)

{ {
return (P*R*T)/100; if (Marks>=85)
} return ‘A’;
else if (Marks>=70)
void main() return ‘B’;
{ else if (Marks>=55)
float Pr,Rt,Simple;int Time; return ‘C’;
cout<<”Principle :”;cin>>Pr; else
cout<<”Rate% :”;cin>>Rt; return ‘D’;
cout<<”Time(Years):”;cin>>Time; }
Simple=SI(Pr,Rt,Time); void main()
cout<<”Simple Interest:” {
<<Simple<<endl; float M;char Ch;
cout<<”Amount with Interest:” do
<<Pr+Simple<<endl; {
cout<<”Enter Marks:”;cin>>M;
cout<<”Your Grade:”<<GradeMe(M)
while (Ch!=’N’);
/* --- Output --- }
Principle :5000 /* --- Output ---
Rate% :10 Marks:95
Time(Years):5 Your Grade:A
Simple Interest:2500 More(Y/N)?Y
Amount with Interest:7500 Marks:56
*/ Your Grade:C

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