CS 1401 Assignment #13

Date Assigned: Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Due Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2005, before the beginning of your lab section.

Goals: to learn about arrays.

Points: This assignment is worth a total of 20 points. No late assignments will be accepted, but credit will be given for partially completed assignments turned in on time.

Assignment: There are two parts in this assignment.  Part 2 is much more difficult than Part 1, so please plan your time accordingly.

Part 1.  Chemistry Tutor.  Often the contents of an array are arranged so that the index indicating the position of each item in the array corresponds to a number associated with that item.  For this exercise, you will be using this type of array arrangement to create a “Chemistry Tutor” application.  Declare three arrays:  name (type String) to store the names of the elements, symbol (type String) to store the symbols for the elements, and mass (type double) to store average molar masses for the elements.  Only values for the first six elements of the periodic table will be stored.  Let the number of the array index correspond to the atomic number associated with each element.  For example, for element #1 (hydrogen), the name array should contain a reference to the string “hydrogen” in component [1],  the symbol array should contain a reference to the symbol “H” in component [1], and the mass array should contain the double amount 1.01 in component [1].   Notice that we will not be using array component [0] in any of the arrays because there is not an element #0.  Use an initializer list to initialize the arrays using the following details for the first six elements:































Write an application named ChemApp to prompt the user to enter an integer between 1 and 6 (inclusive) in order to select one of the first six elements.  Use the number entered by the user as the index to access the element name, symbol, and mass.  Display on the screen a message informing the user of the name, symbol, and mass of the element selected.  For example, if the user enters the number 6, the message displayed would be as follows:

Element number 6 is carbon (symbol = C), with average molar mass of 12.01 g/mol.





Part 2.  Working with an array of objects.  When an object has several attributes, rather than placing the attributes in separate arrays it is often better to create a class for the object that includes these attributes as fields.  Then instances of that class can be created and stored in just one array.  For example, in the exercise above, the arrays contained attributes related to elements.  It would make sense to create a class Element, with fields representing the element’s name, symbol, and molar mass.  We could instantiate a new Element object for each element, and store a reference to each Element object in the appropriate location in one array (for example, an array named perTable).  Notice that we would need to declare the type of the perTable array to be the class that we defined, Element, as shown in this example:    Element [ ] perTable = new Element [ 6 ].

In this exercise, create an application to assist the Health Center in maintaining database records for all student patients and in gathering statistics based on the records.  Details are as follows:

a)      Create an object-creating pattern class named Student, with instance fields name (type String), age (type int), and gender (type char).  Include appropriate accessor methods to return the values of the fields.  Code a constructor method with three parameters. 

b)      Write an application class named HealthApp.  Within this application, declare and instantiate an array of length 50 named patients.  (There will not be that many students stored in the array, but when the exact number is unknown, declare the array size to be larger than you think you will need.)  This array will be used to store Student objects (more precisely, references to Student objects).  Fill in the patients array as follows:

·         Use a while loop to read in the name, age, and gender for each student from a file named student.txt. 

·         The name, age, and gender for each student are listed with one field per line in the file.

·         For each student represented in the file, instantiate a new Student object for that student, and assign each new Student object as a component of the array patients.

·         The Student objects should be located sequentially in the array in the same order as the students were listed in the input file. When the while loop is finished executing, the patient array will contain all of the Student objects created from data in the file.

c)      Write three methods within the application class to return the information listed below.  Each method should have one array parameter.  The methods should use a for loop to process the array passed (actually what is passed is just the reference to the array, not the whole array itself) in performing the tasks necessary to obtain the information.  Adjust the return type of each method as appropriate for the type of information returned as follows:

·         The average age (double) of all the students represented in the patient array.

·         The name (String) of the oldest student included in the array.  (If there are duplicates of the oldest age, return the name of the first person.)

·         The number (int) of male students included in the array.

Deliverables: as announced in the labs.