[plt-scheme] Syntax for Maximum Number

From: Matthias Felleisen (matthias at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Wed Jan 23 10:22:50 EST 2008

Try to guess! From what you have read so far and from the place that  
Robby pointed you to, the following is obvious

  > ( ????    2  88)

if you want to determine the maximum of the numbers 2 and 88. What  
you need to guess is ????. I propose trying the following in the  
Interactions window:

  maximum ;; kind of long
  m ;; kind of short
  max ;; feels kind of right
  largest ;; would make sense but is long and doesn't look math-y enough

and I bet you can come up with a few of your own.

When you're done with max, I propose guessing how to find the sine,  
cosine, tangent, addition, exponent, and a few others that you might  
just need to program.

If all else fails, you could also open Help Desk (under the usual  
menu) and look for the syntax or grammar of the HtDP teaching  
languages. (Note: HtDP doesn't teach Scheme.)

That's what the Interactions WIndow (aka Read-Eval-Print Loop) is  
for. Good luck and don't hesitate to ask more questions but be  
prepared that answers from here force you to empower yourself. They  
wont be straightfaced answers.

-- Matthias

On Jan 22, 2008, at 1:04 PM, Mr. Watson wrote:

> I am reading the How to Design Programs: An introduction to Computers
> and Programming book and I am wondering what the syntax is for finding
> the maximum number of two numbers.
> Thanks,
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