AP Computer Science A : Variable Declarations

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for AP Computer Science A

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Example Questions

Example Question #4 : Programming Constructs

Which of the following declares a String array of size i?  (Presume Java syntax.)

Possible Answers:

String[] s[i];

None of the others

String[] s = new String[i];

String s = new String[i];

String s[] = new String[i];

Correct answer:

String[] s = new String[i];

Explanation:

For arrays, it is best to think about the array itself as being a type.  So, just as an int named x is declared:

int x;

And a String named s is declared:

String s;

You begin the declaration of a String array like this:

String[]

This is like saying, "What is coming next will be an array of String objects."

Thus, your best declaration is:

String[] s = new String[i];

This declares the new size as well, appropriately using the new operator.

Example Question #1 : Variable Declarations

Which of the following code snippets declares an array of integers using an array literal?

Possible Answers:

int[] a = {0:42,1:26,2:134,3:-13,4:45,5:234};

int[] a = {42,26,134,-13,45,234};

int[] a = new int[6];

a[0] = 42;

a[1] = 26;

a[2] = 134;

a[3] = -13;

a[4] = 45;

a[5] = 234;

int[] a;

a[0] = 42;

a[1] = 26;

a[2] = 134;

a[3] = -13;

a[4] = 45;

a[5] = 234;

int a = {42,26,134,-13,45,234};

Correct answer:

int[] a = {42,26,134,-13,45,234};

Explanation:

There are two things to pay attention to for this question.  First, you can make a simple array literal in Java by enclosing the list of array elements in a pair of curly braces.  Thus, the array literal

{42,26,134,-13,45,234}

is just fine!  However, you do not give the indices.  These are inferred.  (The first element is at 0, the second at 1, etc.) 

Now, you just have to assign this to an array object.  Thus the following is wrong:

int a = {42,26,134,-13,45,234};

You need to have the [] to indicate that a is an array:

int[] a = {42,26,134,-13,45,234};

Example Question #2 : Variable Declarations

What is the difference between double and int?

Possible Answers:

There is no difference.

Int can hold all values whereas double can only store two-digit values.

Int can hold positive numbers only and double can hold all numbers.

Int can hold real numbers and double can only hold imaginary numbers.

Int can only hold integer values, double can hold any number including decimals.

Correct answer:

Int can only hold integer values, double can hold any number including decimals.

Explanation:

Int can only store integer values, whereas double can hold both integers and decimals, but at the same time uses more memory.

Example Question #3 : Variable Declarations

int x=2;

double y=2.1;

float z=3.0;

int c=(x*y) + z;

What is the value of c

Possible Answers:

7.2

6

6.3

7

7.1

Correct answer:

7

Explanation:

Remember that if a variable is declared as an integer, it can't have any decimals.

int c=(x*y) + z;

int c=(2*2.1)+3.0

From here, we do our math operations to solve, remembering to use the correct order of operations. Thus, start with the parentheses first then do the addition.

int c=4.2+3

int c= 4+3

int c=7

Any leftover fractions are cut off, so the answer is shortened to just 7.

Example Question #4 : Variable Declarations

#include <iostream>

using namespace std;

int main()
{
string str("ComputerScience");
string mystr;
str = str + "SampleQuestionCS";
mystr = str.substr(7,8);

return 0;
}

What is the value of mystr after this code is run?

Possible Answers:

Science

rScience

ComputerS

SampleQuestion

QuestionCS

Correct answer:

rScience

Explanation:

Two strings are created here: str and mystr. 

In the 3rd line of main, str is concatenated with another string, making it even longer.

In the fourth line, the substr function is called. This function takes in 2 inputs, the starting index and the length of the string.

So, starting from index 7 of str, we get "r". Now, grabbing a total of 8 characters, including the "r", we get "rScience".

mystr="rScience".

Example Question #9 : Programming Constructs

  • Declare a string set to the the word cat. 
  • Declare a list of strings with the words hello, mama, and meow in it.
  • Declare a hashmap of <string, string> <key, value> pairs with the word world having a value of earth.
Possible Answers:

 

List<String> stringList = new ArrayList<String>();

stringList.add("hello");

stringList.add("mama");

stringList.add("meow");

 

HashMap<String, String> hashStrings = new HashMap<String, String>();

hashStrings.put("world", "earth");

String cat;

List<String> stringList;

HashMap<String, String> hashStrings;

String cat = "cat";

 

List<String> stringList = new ArrayList<String>();

stringList.add("hello");

stringList.add("mama");

stringList.add("meow");

 

HashMap<String, String> hashStrings = new HashMap<String, String>();

hashStrings.put("world", "earth");

String cat = "cat";

 

List<String> stringList = new ArrayList<String>();

 

HashMap<String, String> hashStrings = new HashMap<String, String>();

hashStrings.put("world", "earth");

Correct answer:

String cat = "cat";

 

List<String> stringList = new ArrayList<String>();

stringList.add("hello");

stringList.add("mama");

stringList.add("meow");

 

HashMap<String, String> hashStrings = new HashMap<String, String>();

hashStrings.put("world", "earth");

Explanation:

The correct answer defines all of the variables specified in the prompt. The answer with just the variable definitons is incorrect because it does not specify the declarations in the prompt. One the answers does not have the first variable defined so it is incorrect. And the final answer does not have the List variable declared, so it is also incorrect. 

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