# Java.lang.Math.nextAfter() Method

## Description

The java.lang.Math.nextAfter(float start, double direction) returns the floating-point number adjacent to the first argument in the direction of the second argument. If both arguments compare as equal a value equivalent to the second argument is returned. Special cases −

• If either argument is a NaN, then NaN is returned.

• If both arguments are signed zeros, a value equivalent to direction is returned.

• If start is Float.MIN_VALUE and direction has a value such that the result should have a smaller magnitude, then a zero with the same sign as start is returned.

• If start is infinite and direction has a value such that the result should have a smaller magnitude, Float.MAX_VALUE with the same sign as start is returned.

• If start is equal to Float.MAX_VALUE and direction has a value such that the result should have a larger magnitude, an infinity with same sign as start is returned.

## Declaration

Following is the declaration for java.lang.Math.nextAfter() method

```public static float nextAfter(float start, double direction)
```

## Parameters

• start − starting floating-point value

• direction − value indicating which of start's neighbors or start should be returned

## Return Value

This method returns the floating-point number adjacent to start in the direction of direction.

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## Example

The following example shows the usage of lang.Math.nextAfter() method.

```package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.lang.*;

public class MathDemo {

public static void main(String[] args) {

// get two numbers
float x = 98759.765f;
double y = 154.28764;

// print the next number for x towards y
System.out.println("Math.nextAfter(" + x + "," + y + ")="
+ Math.nextAfter(x, y));
}
}
```

Let us compile and run the above program, this will produce the following result −

```Math.nextAfter(98759.765f, 154.28764)=98759.76
```
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