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2.1 An Example Program

The following short program demonstrates the use of the library by computing the value of the Bessel function J_0(x) for x=5,

#include <stdio.h>
#include <gsl/gsl_sf_bessel.h>

main (void)
  double x = 5.0;
  double y = gsl_sf_bessel_J0 (x);
  printf ("J0(%g) = %.18e\n", x, y);
  return 0;

The output is shown below, and should be correct to double-precision accuracy,2

J0(5) = -1.775967713143382642e-01

The steps needed to compile this program are described in the following sections.



The last few digits may vary slightly depending on the compiler and platform used—this is normal.