C Language Standard Math


  • #include <math.h>
  • double pow(double x, double y);
  • float powf(float x, float y);
  • long double powl(long double x, long double y);


  1. To link with math library use -lm with gcc flags.
  2. A portable program that needs to check for an error from a mathematical function should set errno to zero, and make the following call feclearexcept(FE_ALL_EXCEPT); before calling a mathematical function. Upon return from the mathematical function, if errno is nonzero, or the following call returns nonzero fetestexcept(FE_INVALID | FE_DIVBYZERO | FE_OVERFLOW | FE_UNDERFLOW); then an error occurred in the mathematical function. Read manpage of math_error for more information.