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pow, powf, powl − power functions

**#include
<math.h>**

**double
pow(double** *x***, double** *y***);
float powf(float**

long double powl(long double

Link with
*−lm*.

Feature Test
Macro Requirements for glibc (see
**feature_test_macros**(7)):

**powf**(),
**powl**():

_BSD_SOURCE || _SVID_SOURCE ||
_XOPEN_SOURCE >= 600 || _ISOC99_SOURCE ||
_POSIX_C_SOURCE >= 200112L;

or *cc -std=c99*

The
**pow**() function returns the value of *x* raised
to the power of *y*.

On success,
these functions return the value of *x* to the power of
*y*.

If *x* is
a finite value less than 0, and *y* is a finite
noninteger, a domain error occurs, and a NaN is
returned.

If the result
overflows, a range error occurs, and the functions return
**HUGE_VAL**, **HUGE_VALF**, or **HUGE_VALL**,
respectively, with the mathematically correct sign.

If result underflows, and is not representable, a range error occurs, and 0.0 is returned.

Except as
specified below, if *x* or *y* is a NaN, the
result is a NaN.

If *x* is
+1, the result is 1.0 (even if *y* is a NaN).

If *y* is
0, the result is 1.0 (even if *x* is a NaN).

If *x* is
+0 (−0), and *y* is an odd integer greater than
0, the result is +0 (−0).

If *x* is
0, and *y* greater than 0 and not an odd integer, the
result is +0.

If *x* is
−1, and *y* is positive infinity or negative
infinity, the result is 1.0.

If the absolute
value of *x* is less than 1, and *y* is negative
infinity, the result is positive infinity.

If the absolute
value of *x* is greater than 1, and *y* is
negative infinity, the result is +0.

If the absolute
value of *x* is less than 1, and *y* is positive
infinity, the result is +0.

If the absolute
value of *x* is greater than 1, and *y* is
positive infinity, the result is positive infinity.

If *x* is
negative infinity, and *y* is an odd integer less than
0, the result is −0.

If *x* is
negative infinity, and *y* less than 0 and not an odd
integer, the result is +0.

If *x* is
negative infinity, and *y* is an odd integer greater
than 0, the result is negative infinity.

If *x* is
negative infinity, and *y* greater than 0 and not an
odd integer, the result is positive infinity.

If *x* is
positive infinity, and *y* less than 0, the result is
+0.

If *x* is
positive infinity, and *y* greater than 0, the result
is positive infinity.

If *x* is
+0 or −0, and *y* is an odd integer less than 0,
a pole error occurs and **HUGE_VAL**, **HUGE_VALF**,
or **HUGE_VALL**, is returned, with the same sign as
*x*.

If *x* is
+0 or −0, and *y* is less than 0 and not an odd
integer, a pole error occurs and +**HUGE_VAL**,
+**HUGE_VALF**, or +**HUGE_VALL**, is returned.

See
**math_error**(7) for information on how to determine
whether an error has occurred when calling these
functions.

The following
errors can occur:

Domain error: *x* is negative, and *y* is a finite
noninteger

*errno* is set to
**EDOM**. An invalid floating-point exception
(**FE_INVALID**) is raised.

Pole error: *x* is zero,
and *y* is negative

*errno* is set to
**ERANGE** (but see BUGS). A divide-by-zero
floating-point exception (**FE_DIVBYZERO**) is
raised.

Range error: the result overflows

*errno* is set to
**ERANGE**. An overflow floating-point exception
(**FE_OVERFLOW**) is raised.

Range error: the result underflows

*errno* is set to
**ERANGE**. An underflow floating-point exception
(**FE_UNDERFLOW**) is raised.

For an
explanation of the terms used in this section, see
**attributes**(7).

C99,
POSIX.1-2001. The variant returning *double* also
conforms to SVr4, 4.3BSD, C89.

In glibc 2.9
and earlier, when a pole error occurs, *errno* is set
to **EDOM** instead of the POSIX-mandated **ERANGE**.
Since version 2.10, glibc does the right thing.

If *x* is
negative, then large negative or positive *y* values
yield a NaN as the function result, with *errno* set to
**EDOM**, and an invalid (**FE_INVALID**)
floating-point exception. For example, with **pow**(),
one sees this behavior when the absolute value of *y*
is greater than about 9.223373e18.

In version
2.3.2 and earlier, when an overflow or underflow error
occurs, glibc’s **pow**() generates a bogus invalid
floating-point exception (**FE_INVALID**) in addition to
the overflow or underflow exception.

**cbrt**(3),
**cpow**(3), **sqrt**(3)

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