SQRT
Section: POSIX Programmer's Manual (3P)
Updated: 2017
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NAME
sqrt,
sqrtf,
sqrtl
 square root function
SYNOPSIS
#include <math.h>
double sqrt(double x);
float sqrtf(float x);
long double sqrtl(long double x);
DESCRIPTION
The functionality described on this reference page is aligned with the
ISO C standard. Any conflict between the requirements described here and the
ISO C standard is unintentional. This volume of POSIX.12017 defers to the ISO C standard.
These functions shall compute the square root of their argument
x,
$sqrt {x}$.
An application wishing to check for error situations should set
errno
to zero and call
feclearexcept(FE_ALL_EXCEPT)
before calling these functions. On return, if
errno
is nonzero or fetestexcept(FE_INVALID  FE_DIVBYZERO 
FE_OVERFLOW  FE_UNDERFLOW) is nonzero, an error has occurred.
RETURN VALUE
Upon successful completion, these functions shall return the square
root of
x.
For finite values of
x
< 0, a domain error shall occur, and
either a NaN (if supported), or
an implementationdefined value shall be returned.
If
x
is NaN, a NaN shall be returned.
If
x
is ±0 or +Inf,
x
shall be returned.
If
x
is Inf, a domain error shall occur, and a NaN shall be returned.
ERRORS
These functions shall fail if:
 Domain Error

The finite value of
x
is < 0,
or
x
is Inf.

If the integer expression (math_errhandling & MATH_ERRNO) is
nonzero, then
errno
shall be set to
[EDOM].
If the integer expression (math_errhandling & MATH_ERREXCEPT) is
nonzero, then the invalid floatingpoint exception shall be raised.
The following sections are informative.
EXAMPLES
Taking the Square Root of 9.0

#include <math.h>
...
double x = 9.0;
double result;
...
result = sqrt(x);
APPLICATION USAGE
On error, the expressions (
math_errhandling & MATH_ERRNO) and
(
math_errhandling & MATH_ERREXCEPT) are independent of each
other, but at least one of them must be nonzero.
RATIONALE
None.
FUTURE DIRECTIONS
None.
SEE ALSO
feclearexcept(),
fetestexcept(),
isnan()
The Base Definitions volume of POSIX.12017,
Section 4.20, Treatment of Error Conditions for Mathematical Functions,
<math.h>,
<stdio.h>
COPYRIGHT
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from IEEE Std 1003.12017, Standard for Information Technology
 Portable Operating System Interface (POSIX), The Open Group Base
Specifications Issue 7, 2018 Edition,
Copyright (C) 2018 by the Institute of
Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc and The Open Group.
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