In entering the following function:
function [ft,in] = MetricToImperial(m) % Input: m = measurement in metres % Outputs: ft = number of feet % in = number of inches
m = 2; % Calculate the total number of cms cm = m * 100;
% Calculate the total number of inches totalInches = cm/2.54;
% Calculate the total number of feet, ignoring the value after decimal ft = floor(totalInches/12)
% Find the remaining number of inches in = totalInches - 12*ft
When running the function matlab returns:
6.7402 ans =
Now i was wondering why I get the ans = 6 at the end. All i want is the ft and in answer. I have tested it as a script and it works that way so I know it must be something to do with my inputs and outputs.
I have also noticed if I leave line 1 as
function  = MetricToImperial(m)
it gives me the result I want - so something is wrong as I'm saying there's no output variables but there is.
Is this the correct way to create a function? I am very new to this so any help is appreciated.
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The first two answer you get is due to the fact you didn't end the corresponding lines in your function with semi-colon. The ans is populated because your function has an output but the output is not specified when you invoke the function. You should add semi-colon behind both lines and invoke the function as
[ft,in] = MetricToImperial
Finally your input, m, does not seem to be used at all.
It is because you are typing:
and nothing more. Since your are not assigning MetricToImperial output to anything, and neither supressing the function in the matlab command line, the first output "in" will be returned as
where ans in this case is the answer from your function.
Try this if it is not yet clear:
The frist will return
while number two will write nothing in the command window but it will assign the outputs out1 and out2.
So the ans=6 is not random at all, it is the returned value from your function.