Integer division: How do you produce a double?

double num = 5;

That avoids a cast. But you’ll find that the cast conversions are well-defined. You don’t have to guess, just check the JLS. int to double is a widening conversion. From §5.1.2:

Widening primitive conversions do not
lose information about the overall
magnitude of a numeric value.


Conversion of an int or a long value
to float, or of a long value to
double, may result in loss of
precision-that is, the result may lose
some of the least significant bits of
the value. In this case, the resulting
floating-point value will be a
correctly rounded version of the
integer value, using IEEE 754
round-to-nearest mode (§4.2.4).

5 can be expressed exactly as a double.

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