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Introduction

Every credit card number contains a check digit at its rightmost, which is used for simple error

detection. It can be used to protect against accidental errors such as a mistyped digit or the

permutation of two successive digits. In this assignment, you will write a program that computes the

check digit of a partial credit card number. For simplicity, we assume that a card number has exactly

16 digits in the form 𝑑1𝑑2𝑑3𝑑4𝑑5𝑑6𝑑7𝑑8𝑑9𝑑10𝑑11𝑑12𝑑13𝑑14𝑑15𝑑16, in which 𝑑1 … 𝑑15 is the 15-

digit partial card number obtained from the program user and 𝑑16 is the check digit to be computed.

To compute the check digit of a partial card number, we can use the Luhn algorithma described

below:

1. Double the odd-positioned digits 𝑑1, 𝑑3, 𝑑5, 𝑑7, 𝑑9

, 𝑑11, 𝑑13, and 𝑑15.

2. If a doubled digit is greater than 9, replace it by its sum of digits. (E.g., 16 is replaced by 1 + 6

= 7.)

3. Sum the even-positioned digits 𝑑2, 𝑑4, 𝑑6, 𝑑8, 𝑑10, 𝑑12, and 𝑑14 with the modified oddpositioned digits 𝑑1, 𝑑3, 𝑑5, 𝑑7, 𝑑9

, 𝑑11, 𝑑13, and 𝑑15.

4. Multiply the sum by 9. Then the units digit (個位數, the rightmost digit) of the multiplication

is the check digit 𝑑16.

Example 1: partial card number is 763545841927506.

1. Double the underlined odd-positioned digits in 763545841927506: (7̲ × 2) = 14, (3 × 2) =

6, (4 × 2) = 8, (8̲ × 2) = 16, (1̲ × 2) = 2, (2̲ × 2) = 4, (5̲ × 2) = 10, and (6̲ × 2) = 12.

2. Replace 14, 16, 10 and 12 by their sum of digits: 14 1 + 4 = 5, 16 1 + 6 = 7, 10 1 + 0 =

1, and 12 1 + 2 = 3.

3. Sum all 15 digits: 5 + 6 + 6 + 5 + 8 + 5 + 7 + 4 + 2 + 9 + 4 + 7 + 1 + 0 + 3 = 72. (The

digits in red came from steps 1 and 2.)

4. Multiply the sum 72 by 9: 72 × 9 = 648̲. The units digit (8) is the check digit. Therefore, the

full card number is: 7635458419275068.

Example 2: partial card number is 543210987654321.

1. Double the underlined digits in 543210987654321: (5̲ × 2) = 10, (3 × 2) = 6, (1 × 2) = 2,

(9 × 2) = 18, (7̲ × 2) = 14, (5̲ × 2) = 10, (3̲ × 2) = 6, and (1̲ × 2) = 2.

2. Replace 10, 18, 14 and 10 by their sum of digits: 10 1 + 0 = 1, 18 1 + 8 = 9, 14 1 + 4 =

5, and 10 1 + 0 = 1.

3. Sum all 15 digits: 1 + 4 + 6 + 2 + 2 + 0 + 9 + 8 + 5 + 6 + 1 + 4 + 6 + 2 + 2 = 58. (The

digits in red came from steps 1 and 2.)

4. Multiply the sum 58 by 9: 58 × 9 = 522̲. The units digit (2) is the check digit. Therefore, the

full card number is: 5432109876543212.

a Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luhn_algorithm

CSCI1120 Introduction to Computing Using C++

Program Specification

The program should repeatedly accept a user input until a negative integer is entered. You can

assume that the user input is always either a 15-digit number or a negative integer. (That is, you do

not have to check whether the input is out of this assumption.) If the input is a 15-digit number, then

you have to use the Luhn algorithm to compute the check digit and display the full card number. The

full card number should be printed as four pieces of 4-digit segments in the format XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXX. If the input is a negative integer, then the program terminates.

Note that the int data type is not big enough to represent 15-digit numbers. In order to store the

partial or full card numbers, you can declare variables of the long long type, which is a bigger

integral data type.

long long num; // int num; does not work

You are not allowed to use arrays in this assignment.

Program Output

The following shows some sample output of the program. The bold blue text is user input and the

other text is the program output. You can try the provided sample program for other input. Your

program output should be exactly the same as the sample program (i.e., same text, same symbols,

same letter case, same number of spaces, etc.). Otherwise, it will be considered as wrong, even if

you have computed the correct result.

Enter a 15-digit partial card num: 763545841927506↵

Full card num is: 7635-4584-1927-5068

Enter a 15-digit partial card num: 543210987654321↵

Full card num is: 5432-1098-7654-3212

Enter a 15-digit partial card num: 432100080012056↵

Full card num is: 4321-0008-0012-0564

Enter a 15-digit partial card num: -1↵

Bye!

Submission and Marking

Your program file name should be luhn.cpp. Submit the file in Blackboard

(https://elearn.cuhk.edu.hk/).

Insert your name, student ID, and e-mail address as comments at the beginning of your source

file.

You can submit your assignment multiple times. Only the latest submission counts.

Your program should be free of compilation errors and warnings.

Your program should include suitable comments as documentation.

Plagiarism is strictly monitored and heavily punished if proven. Lending your work to others is

subjected to the same penalty as the copier.

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