Camel – Math

Chapter 4 : Math

Hello, I’m Dr Zod, I hope you didn’t sleep during your Math class in the academy because you’re gonna need it! Your ship needs at least 1.21 gigawatts to function properly. Battery packs are 0.16 gigawatts per unit. How many battery packs do you need? Seems easy, right? Well, no, because the system doesn’t run floating point numbers, so… good luck with that!

LIGO offers three built-in numerical types:

  • int are integers, such as 10, -6 and 0.
  • nat are natural numbers (integral numbers greater than or equal to zero). They are followed by the suffix n such as 3n, 12n and 0n for the natural zero.
  • tez are units of measure of Tezos tokens. They can be decimals and are followed by tez or tz such as 3tz or 12.4tez. You can also type units of millionth of tez, using the suffix mutez after a natural literal, such as 10000mutez or 0mutez.

⚠️ Notice there are no floating point types in LIGO as they are not determinist in hardware modules.

ℹ️Large integral values can be expressed using underscores to separate groups of digits, like 1_000mutez or 0.000_004tez. Notice 1tez = 1_000_000mutez.


Addition in LIGO is accomplished by means of the + infix operator. Some type constraints apply, for example you cannot add a value of type tez to a value of type nat.

let a : int = 5 + 10
let b : int = 5n + 10
let c : tez = 5mutez + 0.000_010tez

⚠️ You cannot add a tez and a int.


Subtractions follow the same principles.

let a : int = 510
let b : int = 5n – 2n
let d : tez = 5mutez – 1mutez

⚠️ Even when subtracting two nats, the result is an int


Multiplications follow the same principles.

let a : int = 5 * 5
let b : nat = 5n * 5n
let c : tez = 5n * 5mutez


Divisions follow the same principles.

let a : int = 10 / 3
let b : nat = 10n / 3n
let c : nat = 10mutez / 3mutez

⚠️ Remember that there are no floating point numbers in LIGO so dividing 9 by 2 will output 4 and not 4.5


Modulos follow the same principles.

let a : int = 120
let b : int = 9
let rem1 : nat = a mod b // 3

Convertion between int and nat

You can cast an int to a nat and vice versa. Here is how:

let a : int = int (1n)
let b : nat = abs (1)

Checking a nat

is_nat returns a nat or None

let is_a_nat : nat option = Michelson.is_nat (1)

Your mission

1- In the editor, define required_energy for 1.21 gigawatts. Since Tezos doesn’t support floating point numbers, let’s work in megawatts instead so that you can write the amount of energy as an int.

2- Define energy_per_battery_pack for 0.16 gigawatts.

3- Define and compute required_battery_packs as the number of battery packs required to power your ship. Remember that floating point numbers are truncated to an integer, e.g. 10 / 3 = 3 in LIGO and not 3.33333333….


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