# man scalb () - load exponent of a radix-independent floating-point number

## SYNOPSIS

#include <math.h>

double scalb(double
x, double n);

## DESCRIPTION

The scalb() function shall compute x*r**n, where r is the radix of the machine's floating-point arithmetic. When r is 2, scalb() shall be equivalent to ldexp() . The value of r is FLT_RADIX which is defined in <float.h>.

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 non-zero or fetestexcept(FE_INVALID | FE_DIVBYZERO | FE_OVERFLOW | FE_UNDERFLOW) is non-zero, an error has occurred.

## RETURN VALUE

Upon successful completion, the scalb() function shall return x*r**n.

If x or n is NaN, a NaN shall be returned.

If n is zero, x shall be returned.

If x is Inf and n is not -Inf, x shall be returned.

If x is 0 and n is not +Inf, x shall be returned.

If x is 0 and n is +Inf, a domain error shall occur, and either a NaN (if supported), or an implementation-defined value shall be returned.

If x is Inf and n is -Inf, a domain error shall occur, and either a NaN (if supported), or an implementation-defined value shall be returned.

If the result would cause an overflow, a range error shall occur and HUGE_VAL (according to the sign of x) shall be returned.

If the correct value would cause underflow, and is representable, a range error may occur and the correct value shall be returned.

If the correct value would cause underflow, and is not representable, a range error may occur, and 0.0 shall be returned.

## ERRORS

The scalb() function shall fail if:

Domain Error
If x is zero and n is +Inf, or x is Inf and n is -Inf.

If the integer expression (math_errhandling & MATH_ERRNO) is non-zero, then errno shall be set to [EDOM]. If the integer expression (math_errhandling & MATH_ERREXCEPT) is non-zero, then the invalid floating-point exception shall be raised.

Range Error
The result would overflow.

If the integer expression (math_errhandling & MATH_ERRNO) is non-zero, then errno shall be set to [ERANGE]. If the integer expression (math_errhandling & MATH_ERREXCEPT) is non-zero, then the overflow floating-point exception shall be raised.

The scalb() function may fail if:

Range Error
The result underflows.

If the integer expression (math_errhandling & MATH_ERRNO) is non-zero, then errno shall be set to [ERANGE]. If the integer expression (math_errhandling & MATH_ERREXCEPT) is non-zero, then the underflow floating-point exception shall be raised.

The following sections are informative.

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## APPLICATION USAGE

Applications should use either scalbln(), scalblnf(), or scalblnl() in preference to this function.

IEEE Std 1003.1-2001 only defines the behavior for the scalb() function when the n argument is an integer, a NaN, or Inf. The behavior of other values for the n argument is unspecified.

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 non-zero.

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