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Single.NaN Field

Updated: March 2012

Represents not a number (NaN). This field is constant.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public const float NaN

A method or operator returns NaN when the result of an operation is undefined. For example, the result of dividing zero by zero is NaN, as the following example shows.

double zero = 0.0;
Console.WriteLine("{0} / {1} = {2}", zero, zero, zero/zero);
// The example displays the following output:
//         0 / 0 = NaN      

In addition, a method call with a NaN value or an operation on a NaN value returns NaN, as the following example shows.

double nan1 = Double.NaN;

Console.WriteLine("{0} + {1} = {2}", 3, nan1, 3 + nan1);
Console.WriteLine("Abs({0}) = {1}", nan1, Math.Abs(nan1));
// The example displays the following output:
//       3 + NaN = NaN
//       Abs(NaN) = NaN

Use the IsNaN method to determine whether a value is not a number. Two NaN values are considered unequal to one another. Therefore, it is not possible to determine whether a value is not a number by using the equality operator to compare it to another value that is equal to NaN. The comparison returns false, as the following example shows.

double result = Double.NaN;
Console.WriteLine("{0} = Double.Nan: {1}", 
                  result, result == Double.NaN);
// The example displays the following output:
//         NaN = Double.Nan: False

The following code example demonstrates the NaN constant.

Single zero = 0;

// This condition will return false.
if ((0 / zero) == Single.NaN)
    Console.WriteLine("0 / 0 can be tested with Single.NaN.");
    Console.WriteLine("0 / 0 cannot be tested with Single.NaN; use Single.IsNan() instead.");

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.




March 2012

Revised the Remarks section.

Information enhancement.

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