# Introduction to JavaScript – Math Operators

Introduction to JavaScript – Math Operators. Don’t worry! Math doesn’t need to be your strong-suit to learn JavaScript. However, there are operators you’ll need to know to make useful programs.

JavaScript supports the following math operators:

Add: | + |

Subtract: | – |

Multiply: | * |

Divide: | / |

These all work how you might guess: See sample code below.

console.log(3 + 4); // Equals 7 console.log(5 - 1); // Equals 4 console.log(4 * 2); // Equals 8 console.log(9 / 3); // Equals 3

In the example above, each line uses a different mathematical operator to log value to the console.

Go ahead and modify the code below and run it to view its output. Remember: the more you code the more you know.

## JavaScript Arithmetic Operators

Arithmetic operators perform arithmetic on numbers (literals or variables).

Operator | Description |
---|---|

+ | Addition |

– | Subtraction |

* | Multiplication |

/ | Division |

% | Modulus (Remainder) |

++ | Increment |

— | Decrement |

## Arithmetic Operations

A typical arithmetic operation operates on two numbers.

The two numbers can be literals:

or variables:

or expressions:

The numbers (in an arithmetic operation) are called **operands**.

The operation (to be performed between the two operands) is defined by an **operator**.

Operand | Operator | Operand |
---|---|---|

100 | + | 50 |

The **addition** operator (+) adds numbers:

The **subtraction** operator (-) subtracts numbers.

The **multiplication** operator (*) multiplies numbers.

The **division** operator (/) divides numbers.

The **modular** operator (%) returns the division remainder.

The **increment** operator (++) increments numbers.

The **decrement** operator (–) decrements numbers.

## Operator Precedence

Operator precedence describes the order in which operations are performed in an arithmetic expression.

Is the result of the example above the same as 150 * 3, or is it the same as 100 + 150?

Is the addition or the multiplication done first?

As in traditional school mathematics, the multiplication is done first.

Multiplication (*) and division (/) have higher **precedence** than addition (+) and subtraction (-).

And (as in school mathematics) the precedence can be changed by using parentheses:

When using parentheses, the operations inside the parentheses are computed first.

When many operations have the same precedence (like addition and subtraction), they are computed from left to right:

## JavaScript Operator Precedence Values

Value | Operator | Description | Example |
---|---|---|---|

20 | ( ) | Expression grouping | (3 + 4) |

19 | . | Member | person.name |

19 | [] | Member | person[“name”] |

19 | () | Function call | myFunction() |

19 | new | Create | new Date() |

17 | ++ | Postfix Increment | i++ |

17 | — | Postfix Decrement | i– |

16 | ++ | Prefix Increment | ++i |

16 | — | Prefix Decrement | –i |

16 | ! | Logical not | !(x==y) |

15 | typeof | Type | typeof x |

15 | ** | Exponentiation | 10 ** 2 |

14 | * | Multiplication | 10 * 5 |

14 | / | Division | 10 / 5 |

14 | % | Modulo division | 10 % 5 |

13 | + | Addition | 10 + 5 |

13 | – | Subtraction | 10 – 5 |

12 | << | Shift left | x << 2 |

12 | >> | Shift right | x >> 2 |

12 | >>> | Shift right (unsigned) | x >>> 2 |

11 | < | Less than | x < y |

11 | <= | Less than or equal | x <= y |

11 | > | Greater than | x > y |

11 | >= | Greater than or equal | x >= y |

10 | == | Equal | x == y |

10 | === | Strict equal | x === y |

10 | != | Unequal | x != y |

10 | !== | Strict unequal | x !== y |

6 | && | Logical and | x && y |

5 | || | Logical or | x || y |

3 | = | Assignment | x = y |

3 | += | Assignment | x += y |

3 | -= | Assignment | x -= y |

3 | *= | Assignment | x *= y |

3 | %= | Assignment | x %= y |

3 | <<= | Assignment | x <<= y |

3 | >>= | Assignment | x >>= y |

3 | >>>= | Assignment | x >>>= y |

3 | &= | Assignment | x &= y |

3 | ^= | Assignment | x ^= y |

3 | |= | Assignment | x |= y |

Pale red entries indicates experimental or proposed technology (ECMAScript 2016 or ES7)

Expressions in parentheses are fully computed before the value is used in the rest of the expression.

## Related Links:

See the JavaScript Glossary on Basic Arithmetic

See the JavaScript Glossary on the Math Library

Introduction to JavaScript – Variables: Mathematical Assignment Operators