C Program to accept an array & swap elements using pointers

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In this c program, we have to accept an array of elements and swap the elements at the third position with the element of the fourth position using a pointer. Before going into the program, we have to know more about pointers and how this swapping of elements in an array can be executed using pointers.

What is a pointer?

A pointer is simply a variable whose value is the address of another variable. Also, we have to know how we use a Pointer in a program. The steps are.

  1. Define a pointer variable
  2. Assign the address of the variable to a Pointer
  3. Access the value at the address available in the Pointer variable

Given below steps are used in the program to perform Swapping of elements

  • Initially declare the Array and define all the elements one by one.
  • Make a function with two pointer variables(i.e., third and fourth).
  • Inside this Function creates a temporary variable first, then this variable is assigned the value at the third pointer.
  • Now the value at the third pointer swaps the value to the fourth pointer.
  • Then value at the fourth pointer changes to the value of the temporary variable.

In this way, we perform swapping in this C program.


STEP 1: Include the header files to use the built-in functions in the C program.

STEP 2: Declare the Array x[10] as float and i, n as an integer.

STEP 3: Define the function swap34(float *ptr1, float *ptr2).

STEP 4: Read the number of elements into the variable n.

STEP 5: Read the elements of the Array into the array x+i using for loop.

STEP 6: Call the Function swap34(x+2,x+3) to interchange the 3rd element by 4th.

STEP 7: Display the resultant Array as x[i] using for loop.

Function void swap34(float *ptr1,float *ptr2)

STEP 1: Declare the variable temp as the float.

STEP 2: Assign temp=*ptr1.

STEP 3: *ptr1=*ptr2.

STEP 4: *ptr2=temp

C Source Code

                                          #include <stdio.h>

void main() {
  float x[10];
  int i, n;
  void swap34(float * ptr1, float * ptr2); /* Function Declaration */
  printf("How many Elements...\n");
  scanf("%d", & n);
  printf("Enter Elements one by one\n");
  for (i = 0; i < n; i++) {
    scanf("%f", x + i);
  swap34(x + 2, x + 3); /* Function call:Interchanging 3rd element by 4th */
  printf("\nResultant Array...\n");
  for (i = 0; i < n; i++) {
    printf("X[%d] = %f\n", i, x[i]);
} /* End of main() */

/* Function to swap the 3rd element with the 4th element in the array */

void swap34(float * ptr1, float * ptr2) /* Function Definition */ {
  float temp;
  temp = * ptr1;
  * ptr1 = * ptr2;
  * ptr2 = temp;


How many Elements...

Enter Elements one by one

Resultant Array...

X[0] = 10.000000
X[1] = 20.000000
X[2] = 40.000000
X[3] = 30.000000
X[4] = 50.000000
X[5] = 60.000000
X[6] = 70.000000
X[7] = 80.000000
X[8] = 90.000000
X[9] = 100.000000