Pointers in c


Problem Statement :


Objective:

In this challenge, you will learn to implement the basic functionalities of pointers in C. A pointer in C is a way to share a memory address among different contexts (primarily functions). They are primarily used whenever a function needs to modify the content of a variable that it does not own.

In order to access the memory address of a variable, val, prepend it with & sign. For example, &val returns the memory address of val.

This memory address is assigned to a pointer and can be shared among various functions. For example, int *p=&val will assign the memory address of val to pointer p. To access the content of the memory to which the pointer points, prepend it with a *. For example, *p will return the value reflected by val and any modification to it will be reflected at the source (val).

	void increment(int *v) {
        (*v)++; 
    }
      	int main() {
        int a;
        scanf("%d", &a);
        increment(&a);
        printf("%d", a);
    	return 0;      
    }     
Task

Complete the function void update(int *a,int *b). It receives two integer pointers, int* a and int* b. Set the value of a to their sum, and b to their absolute difference. There is no return value, and no return statement is needed.
   1. a'=a+b
   2. b'=|a-b|


Input Format:

The input will contain two integers, a and b, separated by a newline.


Output Format:

Modify the two values in place and the code stub main() will print their values.

Note: Input/ouput will be automatically handled. You only have to complete the function described in the 'task' section.



Solution :


                        #include <stdio.h>
#include <stdlib.h>

void update(int *a,int *b) {
    // Complete this function
    int t1, t2;
    t1 = *a + *b;
    t2 = abs(*a - *b);
    *a = t1;
    *b = t2;
}

int main() {
    int a, b;
    int *pa = &a, *pb = &b;
    
    scanf("%d %d", &a, &b);
    update(pa, pb);
    printf("%d\n%d", a, b);

    return 0;
}