# Common Mathematical Operators Used in Programming

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 | ^ |