# COP 3502 Project 2 The Shape Machine

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Background
You have been assigned to construct a mathematical shape machine. This shape
machine can provide a variety of functions. The machine takes a radius/side and
will compute both the area and the perimeter/circumference. However, most of the
menu only functions with words. Other than the input for the radius/sides, the
machine will fail if it detects numbers. It is your job to construct this machine, to
ensure that everyone in the world can learn about shapes.
Description
This project will be utilizing Strings and Math methods to perform several
operations with shapes. The user will create a simple menu with multiple options.
The input should be done using Strings. For example, if you wanted to perform
functions for the square, the user would type ‘Square.’ There will also be an exit
command within the menu that lets the user close the program by typing in the
word ‘Exit.’
The first part of the assignment will involve the user entering a password to have
access to the machine. The password will be in the form of the date. The user will
have to parse the date String and concatenate the elements of the date together to
be allowed access into the machine.
Next, the user will create a piece of code that takes in input from the user about
the shape’s radius/side length and have the program compute both the area and the
perimeter/circumference. For instance if the user chooses circle and gives the
radius of the circle, the program should output both the area and the
circumference.
Rules
1. The user MUST check for input validation at the menu step (See test
cases below).
2. The program should only run on the day it is being tested. NO HARD
CODING THE DATES.
User Input
Day ­ must be a positive 2 digit number between 01 and 31
Month ­ must be a positive 2 digit number between 01 and 12
Year ­ must be 2016
*Note: You do not have to check to ensure that valid dates for each
month are entered (i.e. ­ Feb 31st)
Code Structure
1. Display login message “Shape Machine login”
2. Take input for the day (2 digits), the month (2 digits), and the year (4
digits) as Strings.
a. “What is today’s day?”
b. “What is today’s month?”
c. “What is today’s year?
3. Compare it to the current date.
a. See notes at the end of this document how to get the exact date in
the correct format
b. If it matches
i. Display “Correct date. Welcome!”
c. If input is not valid
i. Display “#ERROR Login attempt #[n] Invalid input.
Please try again.”, where n is the login attempt number
(message for 1st and 2nd login attempt)
ii. Allow the user to input another date
1. If valid, display “Correct date. Welcome!” and
continue program
iii. If there are 3 total incorrect inputs, display an error
message and terminate the program
1. “#ERROR 3rd invalid login attempt. Terminating
program.” (message for 3rd login attempt)
4. Create the menu using String input as the only valid operation.
a. Make sure the input String matches exactly with the menu String
for it to work (i.e. case sensitive).
b. The menu will have 4 options, “Circles”, “Rectangles”,
“Triangles”, “Exit”
c. If a user inputs an option that is not valid, display an error
message but do not terminate the program
i. Error message should read “#ERROR Invalid option.
5. If the user selects Circles
a. Display “Circles selected. Please enter the radius: ”
b. Take in user input
c. If the input is negative, display “#ERROR Negative input. Please
input the radius again: ”
i. Check the new input and if it is correct then proceed. If
not display the error message again and take in new input
until it is valid
ii. You do not need to worry about non­numerical input
validation (the error should be generated only if the number
is negative)
d. Using the circumference, calculate and display the area and
perimeter of the circle (use Math.PI as a constant instead of
3.14159….)
i. “The circumference is: ____”
ii. “The area is: ____”
e. Also display character length information for the perimeter and
area. Total digits includes everything (for example for 23.0 the total
number of digits is 3 because of 2, 3 decimal and the 0).
i. “Total number of digits in the circumference is: ____”
ii. “Total number of digits in the area is: ____”
6. If the user selects Rectangles
a. Display “Rectangles selected. Please enter the 2 sides: ”
b. Take in the input for the 2 sides
c. If any of the 2 sides are negative or invalid, display “#ERROR
Negative input. Please input the 2 sides again: ”
i. Continue to take in input until the 2 sides are valid
ii. You do not need to worry about non­numerical input
validation
d. Using the 2 input values, calculate the perimeter and the area
i. “The area is: ____”
ii. “The perimeter is: ____”
e. Also display display character information for the perimeter and
area
i. “Total number of digits in the area is: ____”
ii. “Total number of digits in the perimeter is: ____”
7. If the user selects Triangles
a. Display “Triangles selected. Please enter the 3 sides: ”
b. Take in the input for the 3 sides
c. If any of the 3 input sides are negative, display “#ERROR
Negative input. Please input the 3 sides again: ”
i. Continue to take in input until the 3 sides are valid
ii. You do not need to worry about non­numerical input
validation.
d. Once you have 3 positive inputs, determine if the 3 sides
constitute a valid triangle
i. If the 3 sides to not generate a valid triangle, display the
error message “#ERROR Triangle is not valid. Returning to
reenter the 3 sides).
ii. HINT: Look into the “continue” keyword in java and
how it can be used to return to the start of a loop
e. Calculate the perimeter and the area of the triangle
f. Determine the type of triangle (options are: Equilateral, Isosceles,
or Scalene)
i. The definition of Isosceles is debated. We are using the
strict definition of Isosceles wherein, a triangle is Isosceles
only if there are EXACTLY 2 sides that are equal. (i.e. ­ an
Equilateral triangle should not also be classified as
Isosceles)
g. Display your results to the user
i. “The triangle is: “____”
ii. “The perimeter is: “____”
iii. “The area is: “____”
h. Also display display character information for the perimeter and
area
i. “Total number of digits in the perimeter is: ____”
ii. “Total number of digits in the area is: ____”
8. If the user selects Exit
a. Display message: “Terminating the program. Have a nice day!”
b. Terminate the program
Sample Run #1 ­ invalid input (user input is in green) (all tested on 21­09­
2016)
What is today’s day? 22
What is today’s month? 09
What is today’s year? 2016
#ERROR Login attempt #1 Invalid input. Please try again.
What is today’s day? 21
What is today’s month? 09
What is today’s year? 2015
#ERROR Login attempt #2 Invalid input. Please try again.
What is today’s day? 21
What is today’s month? 9
What is today’s year? 2016
#ERROR 3rd invalid login attempt. Terminating program.
Sample Run #2 ­ invalid input (user input is in green)
What is today’s day? 21
What is today’s month? 25
What is today’s year? 2016
#ERROR Login attempt #1 Invalid input. Please try again.
What is today’s day? 21
What is today’s month? 09
What is today’s year? 2016
Correct date. Welcome!
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
(program continues…)
Sample Run #3­ invalid input (user input is in green)
What is today’s day? 21
What is today’s month? 09
What is today’s year? 2016
Correct date. Welcome!
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Rectangles
Rectangles selected. Please enter the 2 sides: ­2 5
#ERROR Negative input. Please input the 2 sides again: 2 5
The area is: 10.0
The perimeter is: 14.0
Total number of digits in the area is: 3
Total number of digits in the perimeter is: 3
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Triangles
Triangles selected. Please enter the 3 sides: 2 2 5
#ERROR Triangle is not valid. Returning to menu.
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Triangles
Triangles selected. Please enter the 3 sides: 3 4 ­5
#ERROR Negative input. Please input the 3 sides again: 3 4
5
The triangle is: Scalene
The perimeter is: 12.0
The area is: 6.0
Total number of digits in the perimeter is: 3
Total number of digits in the area is: 2
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Exit
Circles
Circles selected. Please enter the radius: 11
The circumference is: 69.11503837897544
The area is: 380.1327110843649
Total number of digits in the circumference is: 16
Total number of digits in the area is: 16
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Exit
Terminating the program. Have a nice day!
Sample Run #4­ valid input (user input is in green)
What is today’s day? 21
What is today’s month? 09
What is today’s year? 2016
Correct date. Welcome!
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
circles
#ERROR Invalid option. Please try again.
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Circles
Circles selected. Please enter the radius: ­4
#ERROR Negative input. Please input the radius again: 4
The circumference is: 25.132741228718345
The area is: 50.26548245743669
Total number of digits in the circumference is: 17
Total number of digits in the area is: 16
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Triangles
Triangles selected. Please enter the 3 sides: 13 16 25
The triangle is: Scalene
The perimeter is: 54.0
The area is: 91.19210492142398
Total number of digits in the perimeter is: 3
Total number of digits in the area is: 16
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Triangles
Triangles selected. Please enter the 3 sides: ­6 6 6
#ERROR Negative input. Please input the 3 sides again: 6 6
6
The triangle is: Equilateral
The perimeter is: 18.0
The area is: 15.588457268119896
Total number of digits in the perimeter is: 3
Total number of digits in the area is: 17
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Rectangles
Rectangles selected. Please enter the 2 sides: 0.5 0.75
The area is: 0.375
The perimeter is: 2.5
Total number of digits in the area is: 4
Total number of digits in the perimeter is: 2
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Triangles
Triangles selected. Please enter the 3 sides: 11.5 20 11.5
The triangle is: Isosceles
The perimeter is: 43.0
The area is: 56.789083458002736
Total number of digits in the perimeter is: 3
Total number of digits in the area is: 17
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Circles
Circles selected. Please enter the radius: 0.5
The circumference is: 3.141592653589793
The area is: 0.7853981633974483
Total number of digits in the circumference is: 16
Total number of digits in the area is: 17
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Exit
Terminating the program. Have a nice day!
Sample Run #5 ­ valid input (user input is in green)
What is today’s day? 22
What is today’s month? 09
What is today’s year? 2016
#ERROR Login attempt #1 Invalid input. Please try again.
What is today’s day? 21
What is today’s month? 09
What is today’s year? 2016
Correct date. Welcome!
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
TrianglesRectangles
#ERROR Invalid option. Please try again.
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Circlez
#ERROR Invalid option. Please try again.
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Triangles
Triangles selected. Please enter the 3 sides: 13.667 15
Triangles selected. Please enter the 3 sides: 13.667 15
20.33
The triangle is: Scalene
The perimeter is: 48.997
The area is: 102.50179375946183
Total number of digits in the perimeter is: 5
Total number of digits in the area is: 17
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Rectangles
Rectangles selected. Please enter the 2 sides: ­1.75 1.75
#ERROR Negative input. Please input the 2 sides again: 1.75
1.75
The area is: 3.0625
The perimeter is: 7.0
Total number of digits in the area is: 5
Total number of digits in the perimeter is: 2
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Circles
Circles selected. Please enter the radius: 3.14
The circumference is: 19.729201864543903
The area is: 30.974846927333928
Total number of digits in the circumference is: 17
Total number of digits in the area is: 17
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Exit
Terminating the program. Have a nice day!
Sample Run #6­ valid input (user input is in green)
What is today’s day? 22
What is today’s month? 09
What is today’s year? 2016
#ERROR Login attempt #1 Invalid input. Please try again.
What is today’s day? 21
What is today’s month? 09
What is today’s year? 2016
Correct date. Welcome!
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Rect0ngles
#ERROR Invalid option. Please try again.
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Circles
Circles selected. Please enter the radius: 0.275
The circumference is: 1.7278759594743864
The area is: 0.23758294442772815
Total number of digits in the circumference is: 17
Total number of digits in the area is: 18
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Triangles
Triangles selected. Please enter the 3 sides: 343 20 343
The triangle is: Isosceles
The perimeter is: 706.0
The area is: 3428.541964159109
Total number of digits in the perimeter is: 4
Total number of digits in the area is: 16
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Triangles
Triangles selected. Please enter the 3 sides: 70 25 30
#ERROR Triangle is not valid. Returning to menu.
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Triangles
Triangles selected. Please enter the 3 sides: 2 ­2 5
#ERROR Negative input. Please input the 3 sides again: 2 2
5
#ERROR Triangle is not valid. Returning to menu.
#ERROR Triangle is not valid. Returning to menu.
­­­Welcome to the Shape Machine­­­
Available Options:
Circles
Rectangles
Triangles
Exit
Exit
Terminating the program. Have a nice day!
Note(s)
● It is more helpful to use: use input.next() to read the selection from
Shapes Menu as opposed to input.nextLine()
● Please make sure to check your Eclipse settings
so that you are using UTF­8 Encoding.
○ Eclipse ­> Preferences ­> General ­> Workspace : Text file
encoding
● You may see a different (rounded) result for area, depending on
how you multiply to get the answer. Please use the following
calculation (without parentheses) to avoid a difference in output:
○ double area = Math.PI * radius * radius;
● You will need to use the following code when comparing the user’s
entered date to the current date:
import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.util.Date;
String date = new SimpleDateFormat(“dd­MMyyyy”).format(new Date());
new Date() ­ creates a new object with today’s day
new SimpleDateFormat(“dd­MM­yyyy”).format(…) ­
converts the date it is given (…) to the dd­MM­yyyy String representation
● Be careful to ensure that you do NOT create a new Scanner object within a
loop. Aside from being inefficient and a waste of system resources, doing so will
create multiple Scanner objects, which will DEFINITELY ensure that your code
will not be graded as it should. You may call the scanner object
(input.next*()) within a loop, but you should not create new objects on
every loop iteration.
● You may want to use double instead of int for all area, perimeter and
circumference calculations in order to handle decimal values
● To determine if a triangle is valid, 3 conditions must be met
○ side a + side b > side c AND
○ side a + side c > side b AND
○ side b + side c > side a
● You don’t have to worry about very large exponential answers such as
1.2342343E13, all input will be small enough to avoid such answers
● When validating input for the shape sides, you do not need to worry about
string input (For example if you have to enter a side length, you do not need to
worry about the input being a string such as “aJkfkFKASD” or some random
sequence of characters
● continue; can be used to stop executing the current loop iteration and
begin the next
● break; can be used to immediately break out of any loop
● System.exit(0); can be used to immediately terminate the program from
any point. Use it wisely and sparingly.
Submission Requirements
● Name the project “Project2”
● Name the class “ShapeMachine”. This will make the java file have the
name: ShapeMachine.java
● Zip the java file (right click the java file > Send to > Compressed
(zipped) folder)
● Name the zip file project2_ulfid.zip where uflID is the
alphanumeric portion of your ufl email account that comes before the
@ufl.edu part.
● Submit using Canvas
If you submit the .java file without zipping, your project will not be graded.
If your file is not named project2_ulfid.zip, your project will not be
If you do not name the Project and class exactly as specified, your project will not
To help you test the output of your program, there will be a sample executable