• #### Jay Learn

It would have been easy if you would have mentioned whether the given problem is to be solved using 'for' or 'while' loop!

• #### Learneroo

It can be solved with either kind of loop. This question may be too hard, so I will add some more explanation (and a cheat option).

• #### James Montgomery

This is what I did, I don't understand the setting of variable to 1, I set mine to 2 and it worked.
public static int doStuff(int a, int b){
int product=a;
for(int i=2;i<=b;i=i+1){product=product*a;}
return product;
}

• #### James Montgomery

I changed it, and it still works, but i think this is more correct and will have less errors with certain numbers. public static int doStuff(int a, int b){
int product=1;
for(int i=1;i<=b;i=i+1){product=product*a;}
return product;

• #### Learneroo

James, I changed the explanation to just show the code. My mention of setting the variable to 1 would have been relevant if I had cases where the exponent was 0, but I decided to leave them out. This means your first solution would also work.

• #### moses

(complete noob running through ) I cant figure this out :(. Can someone please explain what is happening with the Zonko problem...

• #### Learneroo

@moses, there are now 3 challenges which all follow the same idea...

• #### Tyler Pond

Anyone having problems, try thinking about it as that a needs to be multiplied by a, b amount of times.

• #### Victoria Holland

This was a tough one. I originally put the following code, which was incorrect:
int solution = 0;
for (int i=0; i<=b; i++)
{
solution += (a * a);
}
return solution;

• #### Jamison Norwood

The best thing to do is to take physical notes of the previous lesson and come back to here. My notes really helped.

• #### David

Thanks much from learneroo for helping noobs like myself to learn a bit more. My 25 cents for this exercise even though i may be going to ahead of time is that it would have been useful to know

• #### Oliver Cross

This is the easiest way

<<int Solution = (int) Math.pow(a, b);
return Solution;

• #### Colt Wolff

``````int solution = 1;
for(int i=1; i <= b; i =i+1){
solution = a * solution;
}
return solution;
``````
• #### Bernard Mitchell

I'm stuck on the first one. The loop stops when the condition is no longer true. If I do a+b>i; . Sum=sum+1 aka a=a+1; will run until the condition is no longer true. However I keep getting incorrect. Appreciate the advice thanks.

• #### Bernard Mitchell

@learneroo can I get some help in reference to my comment. Thank you.

• #### Learneroo

`a+b>i` does not work as the condition since it doesn't look at `i`. Try it out with an example, e.g. where a is 3 and b is 5. Also, the goal is to not add numbers greater than 1 together. How many times should you add 1 to `a` to reach a+b?

• #### David

I am getting runtime error everytime System.out.println(); is being executed.

• #### Learneroo

@David, your code looks like it runs ok. How would you print the next different multiple of `a` each time, when you have an index `i` that increases each time?

• #### David

Hi, thanks for the answer. The runtime error was showing up before I clicked reset, seems it cached some error? Anyway great work this website.

• #### Tom Stevens

Can you tell me what I've done wrong in the code below:

For (int index=a, index=<b, int index = index + 1){

• #### Learneroo

To fix the syntax errors, replace `=<` with `<=` and remove the second `int` since you've already declared `index` as an int in the beginning. You can click on the buttons on the side for help with syntax.

• #### Dino Šišić

if someone is looking for some other solution here is mine and it includes 1 if:

``````public static void doStuff(int a, int b){
for (int i=a;i<=a*b;i=i+1){
if (i%a==0){
System.out.print(i + " ");
}
}
}
``````
• #### Michał Targiel

CORRECT:

public class Main {

``````public static void doStuff(int a, int b){
for(int i=1; i<=b ; i=i+1){
System.out.print(" "+ a*i);
``````
• I am constantly getting the following runtime errors:

Main.java:13: error: class, interface, or enum expected
public static void main(String[] args) {

• #### Learneroo

@Joshua, careful with `{}`. Reset the code and put back code in the method body.

• #### catypus

What development app should I use to try this on my own? NetBeans? I've heard of that one...

• #### Learneroo

In the next module, we suggest beginners use BlueJ to get started. Afterwards, you can use any of the main IDEs (Netbeans, Eclipse or IntelliJ)

• #### Jaci Covington

Why do we have to put the print statement for the space on a separate line? I had no luck with (m, ' ')

• #### Keyana K

Its reading my < symbol as a > symbol

• #### Tyler Pond

If anybody needs help, take a look at this solution using the bubble sort algorithm.

• #### calo

hmmm cant help it, no idea ..is there easier way than "this solution"?

• #### Learneroo

@calo, this problem can be solved much in a much simpler manner. See the hint that I added to the problem.

• #### Learneroo

@Victoria, well done! When you learn how to create your own methods, you'll be able to improve it further to avoid code duplication.

• #### Ksenia Sukmanskaya

I think that solutions given on links above are far from perfection, since they change the data of the array

• #### Learneroo

@Ksenia, that's OK in this challenge. Another approach would be to just track the 2 smallest numbers in the array as you go through it..

• #### Tiago Sirious

If you use the way shown in the Hint, be sure to declare your "secondsmallest" variable AFTER changing the smaller variable to a bigger number. Otherwise inputs 1 and 3 wont work!
Btw, thanks to @Victoria Holland, I understood the hint trough her example.

• #### Robin Elliott

I get the three numerical outputs green but it still says incorrect ("Your Output" is in red). Is it running some other checks that aren't being announced?

• #### Learneroo

@Robin, yes, it often runs on other cases and only shows the overall result for them.

• #### Robin Elliott

I finally got it! Though I feel like I cheated a bit by setting my 2nd-smallest variable to an unreasonably high number to begin with, rather than setting it to a value drawn from the array itself. It's here: http://www.learneroo.com/user_answers/8850767557

• #### Learneroo

Setting it to a large number is fine, though you could have also selected a number from the array. Java doesn't have any built-in way to do it, though maybe it could be done a little cleaner.

• #### Cliff Karlsson

why does not this work?

int smallest = ar[0];
int secondSmallest = ar[0];

``````    for(int i=0; i<ar.length; i++){
if(ar[i] <= smallest){
secondSmallest=smallest;
smallest=ar[i];
}
}
System.out.print(secondSmallest);
}
``````
• #### Dino Šišić

Here is the solution for the unpatient ones:

static void doStuff(int[] ar){
int x = Integer.MAX_VALUE;
int y = Integer.MAX_VALUE;

// Loop over the array

• #### David

Took me all day today and i think a little of yesterday to figure this exercise out.

//Modified the code to comply this exercise with the input provided

• #### Jordan Bouvier

Here's an example without "cheating" by having to pick an absurdly large number:

• #### 許友誠

``````static void doStuff(int[] ar)
{
Arrays.sort(ar);
}
``````
• #### John Slow

@Dino Šišić : there is a better solution that doesnt require using integer.Max value (using this would make the problem trivial). Also, there must be no repeating value in the array

• #### Julian

``````    int smallest = ar[0];
for(int i = 1; i < ar.length; i++){
if(ar[i] < smallest){
smallest = ar[i];
}
}

int second = smallest;
``````
• #### loupams

Another solution:

• #### Vikesh Kumar Sharma

it might not be the best solution
int small = ar[0];
int large = ar[0];
int index = 0;
int repeat = 0;

``````    while(repeat<2)
{
for(int i = 0; i < ar.length; i++)
``````
• #### Macro

``````static void doStuff(int[] ar){
int[] small = new int[2];
small[0] = ar[0];
small[1] = ar[1];
if(small[0] > small[1]){
``````
• #### Jake Levenson

Keep the previous code to find the smallest number, and after that code, add the exact same thing over again with a second condition stating that the cell cannot be equal to the smallest number.

• #### Corey Sheely

Can anyone tell me why this won't work?

``````static void doStuff(int[] ar){
int smallest = ar[0];
for(int i=0; i<ar.length; i=i+1){
if(ar[i]<smallest){
``````
• #### Learneroo

@corey `ar[i]=smallest;` will modify the value in the array, is that really what you want to do?

• #### Gaetano

Literally tried this for 5 hours without trying to use Google as help, What am i doing wrong here?

import java.util.*;
public class Main{
static void doStuff(int[] ar){

• #### Learneroo

@Gaetano, step through your code with the examples that are wrong to spot the error. For example, what happens when your code runs on the first case? Consider changing the smallest numbers so it doesn't cause trouble the second time...

• #### thales

It took me a while (from int i = one a clock; i= two o clock; i++) :-) but i think i found it.