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872 Points# Math constants array

How is this code not passing the challenge?

float math_constants[1]; math_constants[0] = 2.71828; math_constants[1] = 1.41421;

## 2 Answers

###### Holger Liesegang

50,595 PointsWelcome to Treehouse, David :)

this would be

```
float math_constants[2];
math_constants[0] = 2.71828;
math_constants[1] = 1.41421;
```

...as your float array has been to small to hold 2 numbers.

Kind Regards Holger

###### David Lowe

872 PointsDo you know why the array indexes start at zero but the number of items in the array doesn't? Thanks for your answer!

###### David Lowe

872 PointsAlso the first task says make an array that can hold 2 numbers and this line of code passes:

float math_constants[1]; Surely that shouldn't work and is confusing to the next challenges?

###### Holger Liesegang

50,595 PointsMostly per definition but you might think of it like that: if you declare the C array you name the number of items and e.g. 8 items are 8 items and not 7 :) - but if you want to access an item via the index this index starts for the programming language C at 0 for the first item. Most programming languages have got zero-based array types - there are only a few exeptions like Smalltalk which provides one-based numbering for arrays.

###### Holger Liesegang

50,595 PointsC - Arrays should deliver you a better understanding of the concepts of arrays in C.

...and the "float math_constants[1]" is kinda confusing, yes :)

###### David Lowe

872 PointsThanks for your quick and detailed response! I'm guessing that line shouldn't pass the first challenge then as float math_constants[1] can only hold one item and not two...

Thanks again.

###### David Lowe

872 PointsThe question is:

Assign the number 1.41421 to index 1 of math_constants

float math_constants[1]; math_constants[0] = 2.71828; math_constants[1] = 1.41421;

## Tolga Beser

1,202 Points## Tolga Beser

1,202 PointsAs Holger said the first definition should have been float math_constants[2]; Even though you only define 0 and 1 that doesn't mean that your definition should be [1]. :)