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 Lesson 5 Number functions: TO_CHAR, ROUND, TRUNC Objective Interpret the effect of the number functions TO_CHAR, ROUND, and TRUNC.

# TO_CHAR, ROUND, TRUNC

## Number Functions: TO_CHAR, ROUND, TRUNC

Oracle has added a whole range of mathematical functions that you can use with numbers. The table below lists most of them.
 Function Syntax Description ABS ABS(col1) Absolute value ACOS, ASIN, ATAN ACOS(col1) Arc cosine, arc sine, and arc tangent ATAN2 ATAN2(col1, col2) Arc tangent of col1 and col2 CEIL CEIL(col1) Smallest integer greater than or equal to col1 COS, SIN, TAN COS(col1) Cosine, sine, tangent COSH, SINH, TANH COSH(col1) Hyperbolic cosine, hyperbolic sine, and hyperbolic tangent EXP EXP(col1) Constant e raised to col1 power. E=2.71828183 ... FLOOR FLOOR(col1) Largest integer less than or equal to col1 LN LN(col1) Natural logarithm LOG LOG(basen, col1) Logarithm in basen of col1 MOD MOD(col1, col2) Remainder of col1 divided by col2 POWER POWER(col1, powern) Col1 raised to powern ROUND ROUND(col1, placen) Col1 is rounded to placen decimal places. Round to tens using -1 as placen. SIGN SIGN(col1) Sign of col1; returns -1, 0, or +1. SQRT SQRT(col1) Square root of col1 TO_CHAR TO_CHAR(col1) Convert col1 to a character string. TRUNC `TRUNC(col1, placen) ` Truncate col1 to placen decimal places.

The next subsections illustrate a few of the more commonly used number functions.

### TO_CHAR

Sometimes you need to concatenate a number to some character field. To do so, you must first convert the number field into an equivalent character string. Use `TO_CHAR` to do this as shown in the example below.

### ROUND

Rounding can be useful when you have calculated data that must be rounded before storing in the database. For example, if you calculate shipping and handling as 10 percent of the sale, you might end up with a tenth of a cent in your calculation. To adjust this, use the `ROUND` function. When you insert or update number data, Oracle accepts data with too many decimal places and automatically rounds the data to the correct number of decimal places. Oracle does not give you an error message, so you may not realize what happened until you display the stored data later.

### TRUNC

Truncating and rounding are similar functions and use similar parameters. The difference, as you know, is how numbers are handled.
The following SlideShow shows a query that lists a numbers with variations on the `ROUND` function and the `TRUNC` function.

Round Trunc Functions
In the next lesson, you will learn how to identify valid date-related date functions and Oracle's standard date format.