How to calculate (3*(4+sin30)*4) in java
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Posted On:   Tuesday, March 18, 2003 11:28 PM

Sir I have searched for the right bracket using push and pop opeartions but I have stored all in a string for example 4+sin30 as a string but how to convert from string to calculate that value. Please send the java code if possible.

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Re: How to calculate (3*(4+sin30)*4) in java

Posted By:   David_Bates  
Posted On:   Wednesday, March 19, 2003 06:37 AM

OK. First of all a disclaimer. This is by no means the way it write a parser. It should be much more modular and flexiable. Here's some code I knocked up:

import java.util.StringTokenizer;

public class ParserTest {
public static void main(String[] args) {
String input = "4+sin30";
double result = evaluate(input);

public static double evaluate(String input) {
double result = 0.0;
StringTokenizer st = new StringTokenizer(input, "+-*/", true);

// Is it a single value?
if(st.countTokens() == 1) {
String token = st.nextToken();
if (token.startsWith("sin")) {
// Get the remaining number
token = token.substring(3);
return Math.sin(toRadians(token));
else {
return Double.parseDouble(token);

// Must be an expression. We'll assume that it's a binary operation
String op1 = st.nextToken();
char op = st.nextToken().charAt(0);
String op2 = st.nextToken();

switch (op) {
case '+':
// Evaluate each expression either side of the '+'
result = evaluate(op1) + evaluate(op2);
return result;

// The string passed in is in degrees.
// Convert it to a number in radians
public static double toRadians(String strDegrees) {
double result = Double.parseDouble(strDegrees);
result *= Math.PI;
result /= 180;
return result;

OK. A few points to note:

  • In order to do what you want, you must parse the String to determine the correct operations and then execute those operations. You can't just 'run' a String - unlike in JavaScript where you can just call 'eval()'.

  • Your string "4+sin30" is in degrees. This value ('30') must be converted into radians to be used by Math.sin(). That is what my 'toRadians()' method does.

  • You should recursively evaluate each expression into sub-expressions. This is what I'm doing when I call 'evaluate()' on each string either side of the '+'

Hope this helps,

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