Common Mathematical Operators Used in Programming

By Wallace Wang

Part of Beginning Programming For Dummies Cheat Sheet

In computer programming, four basic ways are used to manipulate numbers: adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing. To perform a mathematical operation with two numbers (or two numbers represented by variables), use these symbols in your computer program:

Mathematical Operation Symbol to Use
Addition +
Subtraction
Division / (forward slash)
Integer division (backward slash)
Modulo mod
Multiplication *
Exponentiation ^