# Calculate the Max/Min value from an array

The built-in functions Math.max() and Math.min() find the maximum and minimum value of the arguments, respectively.

```
Math.max(1, 2, 3, 4); // 4
Math.min(1, 2, 3, 4); // 1
```

These functions will not work as-is with arrays of numbers. However, there are some ways around this.

`Function.prototype.apply()`

allows you to call a function with a given `this`

value and an *array* of arguments.

```
var numbers = [1, 2, 3, 4];
Math.max.apply(null, numbers) // 4
Math.min.apply(null, numbers) // 1
```

Passing the `numbers`

array as the second argument of `apply()`

results in the function being called with all values in the array as parameters.

A simpler, ES2015 way of accomplishing this is with the new spread operator.

```
var numbers = [1, 2, 3, 4];
Math.max(...numbers) // 4
Math.min(...numbers) // 1
```

This operator causes the values in the array to be expanded, or “spread”, into the function’s arguments.