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Zach Dwiel wrote:

If however, I enter anything not a number, it continues in
an infinite loop asking for input.  Am I not using
"*number" correctly?  Is this behavior the desired
behavior of "*number"?

No to the first question, yes to the second.  You should
only use the "*n" format when you are sure there's nothing
but a number or whitespace to read, so your second approach
is correct. behaves this way because it uses the C function
fscanf.  See: