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Babylonian Multiplication Algorithm and eTCL demo example calculator, numerical analysis edit

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gold Here is some eTCL starter code for Babylonian Multiplication Algorithm in calculator shell.

The Babylonians did not use algebra notation. For examples, algorithm will give product of long side and short front side in meters for product of field area in meters squared. This eTCL calculator was used in study of almost square fields and quasi_cubes. User should be able to multiply terms as 11*10 or 61*60 in entry fields. .

Pseudocode Section edit

       # using pseudocode for Babylonian Multiplication Algorithm   
       # possible problem instances, almost square fields
       # babylonian multiplication  rule  a * b = ((a + b)/2)^2 - ((a - b)/2)^2      
      initialize algorithm_result = 1.
      term1 = ((a + b)/2)
      term2 = ((a - b)/2)
      #  babylonian  looks up squares in table
      algorithm_result = tranformed  square (term1 ) -  square (term2 )
      # probably should put algorithm in subroutine or procedure for
      # transfer to other program
      check algorithm 
      check_product = expr a * b 
      set answers and printout with resulting values 
      pseudocode: need test cases > small,medium, giant 
      pseudocode: need testcases within range of expected operation.
      pseudocode: are there any cases too small or large to be solved?

Testcases Section

In planning any software, it is advisable to gather a number of testcases to check the results of the program. The math for the testcases can be checked by pasting statements in the TCL console. Aside from the TCL calculator display, when one presses the report button on the calculator, one will have console show access to the capacity functions (subroutines).

Testcase 1

table 1printed in tcl wiki format
quantity value comment, if any
11.0 :long side meters
10.0 :short front side meters
1.0 :optional side meters
1.1000 :answers: ratio long over short
110.25 :squared term1
0.25 :squared term2
110.0 :check product (expr a*b) square meters
110.0 :product from algorithm square meters

Testcase 2

table 2printed in tcl wiki format
quantity value comment, if any
61.0 :long side meters
60.0 :short front side meters
1.0 :optional meters
1.0166 :answers: ratio long over short
3660.25 :squared term1
0.25 :squared term2
3660.0 :check product (expr a*b) square meters
3660.0 :product from algorithm square meters

Testcase 3

table 3printed in tcl wiki format
quantity value comment, if any
3601.0 :long side meters
3600.0 :short front side meters
1.0 :optional meters
1.000277 :answers: ratio long over short
12963600.25 :squared term1
0.25 :squared term2
12963600.0 :check product (expr a*b) square meters
12963600.0 :product from algorithm square meters

Screenshots Section

figure 1.


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Appendix Code edit

appendix TCL programs and scripts

        # pretty print from autoindent and ased editor
        # Babylonian Multiplication Algorithm calculator
        # written on Windows XP on eTCL
        # working under TCL version 8.5.6 and eTCL 1.0.1
        # gold on TCL WIKI, 15jan2017
        package require Tk
        package require math::numtheory
        namespace path {::tcl::mathop ::tcl::mathfunc math::numtheory }
        set tcl_precision 17
        frame .frame -relief flat -bg aquamarine4
        pack .frame -side top -fill y -anchor center
        set names {{} { long side meters  :} }
        lappend names { short front side meters :}
        lappend names { optional meters : }
        lappend names { answers: ratio long over short : }
        lappend names { squared term1 :}
        lappend names { squared term2 : }
        lappend names { check product (expr a*b) square meters : }
        lappend names { product from algorithm square meters :} 
        foreach i {1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8} {
            label .frame.label$i -text [lindex $names $i] -anchor e
            entry .frame.entry$i -width 35 -textvariable side$i
            grid .frame.label$i .frame.entry$i -sticky ew -pady 2 -padx 1 }
        proc about {} {
            set msg "Calculator for Babylonian Multiplication Algorithm   
            from TCL WIKI,
            written on eTCL "
            tk_messageBox -title "About" -message $msg } 
       proc calculate {     } {
            global answer2
            global side1 side2 side3 side4 side5
            global side6 side7 side8 
            global testcase_number 
            incr testcase_number 
            set side1 [* $side1 1. ]
            set side2 [* $side2 1. ]
            set side3 [* $side3 1. ]
            set side4 [* $side4 1. ]
            set side5 [* $side5 1. ]
            set side6 [* $side6 1. ]
            set side7 [* $side7 1. ]
            set side8 [* $side8 1. ] 
            set long_side $side1
            set short_front_side $side2
            set height $side3
            # babylonian multiplication  rule  a * b = ((a + b)/2)^2 - ((a - b)/2)^2
            set term1  [* [+ $long_side $short_front_side ] .5 ]
            set term1  [** $term1 2 ]
            set term2  [* [- $long_side $short_front_side ] .5 ]
            set term2  [** $term2 2 ]
            # babylonian uses table lookup here
            set algorithm_result [- $term1 $term2 ]
            set check_product_tcl [expr { $long_side * $short_front_side }]
            set ratio_long_over_short [/  $long_side $short_front_side ]
            set side4 $ratio_long_over_short
            set side5 $term1
            set side6 $term2
            set side7 $check_product_tcl 
            set side8 $algorithm_result 
        proc fillup {aa bb cc dd ee ff gg hh} {
            .frame.entry1 insert 0 "$aa"
            .frame.entry2 insert 0 "$bb"
            .frame.entry3 insert 0 "$cc"
            .frame.entry4 insert 0 "$dd"
            .frame.entry5 insert 0 "$ee"
            .frame.entry6 insert 0 "$ff" 
            .frame.entry7 insert 0 "$gg"
            .frame.entry8 insert 0 "$hh" 
        proc clearx {} {
            foreach i {1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 } {
                .frame.entry$i delete 0 end } }
        proc reportx {} {
            global side1 side2 side3 side4 side5
            global side6 side7 side8
            global testcase_number reference_factor flag
            console show;
            puts "%|table $testcase_number|printed in| tcl wiki format|% "
            puts "&| quantity| value| comment, if any|& "
            puts "&| $testcase_number:|testcase_number | |& "
            puts "&| $side1 :|long side meters |   |&"
            puts "&| $side2 :|short front side meters| |& "  
            puts "&| $side3 :|optional meters| |& "
            puts "&| $side4 :|answers: ratio long over short | |&"
            puts "&| $side5 :|squared term1   | |&"
            puts "&| $side6 :|squared term2  |  |&"
            puts "&| $side7 :|check product (expr a*b) square meters |  |&"
            puts "&| $side8 :|product from algorithm square meters |  |&" 
        frame .buttons -bg aquamarine4
        ::ttk::button .calculator -text "Solve" -command { calculate   }
        ::ttk::button .test2 -text "Testcase1" -command {clearx;fillup 11.0 10.0  1.0 1.1  110.25  0.25 110. 110.}
        ::ttk::button .test3 -text "Testcase2" -command {clearx;fillup 61. 60. 1. 1.01  3660.25  0.25 3660. 3660. }
        ::ttk::button .test4 -text "Testcase3" -command {clearx;fillup 3601.0  3600.0  1.0 1.0001  12963600.0  0.25  12963600. 12963600.0 }
        ::ttk::button .clearallx -text clear -command {clearx }
        ::ttk::button .about -text about -command {about}
        ::ttk::button .cons -text report -command { reportx }
        ::ttk::button .exit -text exit -command {exit}
        pack .calculator  -in .buttons -side top -padx 10 -pady 5
        pack  .clearallx .cons .about .exit .test4 .test3 .test2   -side bottom -in .buttons
        grid .frame .buttons -sticky ns -pady {0 10}
               . configure -background aquamarine4 -highlightcolor brown -relief raised -border 30
        wm title . "Babylonian Multiplication Algorithm Calculator"   

Pushbutton Operation

For the push buttons, the recommended procedure is push testcase and fill frame, change first three entries etc, push solve, and then push report. Report allows copy and paste from console.

For testcases in a computer session, the eTCL calculator increments a new testcase number internally, eg. TC(1), TC(2) , TC(3) , TC(N). The testcase number is internal to the calculator and will not be printed until the report button is pushed for the current result numbers. The current result numbers will be cleared on the next solve button. The command { calculate; reportx } or { calculate ; reportx; clearx } can be added or changed to report automatically. Another wrinkle would be to print out the current text, delimiters, and numbers in a TCL wiki style table as
  puts " %| testcase $testcase_number | value| units |comment |%"
  puts " &| volume| $volume| cubic meters |based on length $side1 and width $side2   |&"  

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