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Doing More Math with Assignment Operators - Java

It's been about a month or so since we finished our beginning Java series, so I'm sure you're ready for more. This time, I am going to teach you to work with operators in Java. When I am finished, you will be able to do complex mathematical equations, add one string of text to another, and build programs so powerful you will be able to put thousands of hard working Americans out of work with the push of a button.

  1. Java Operators
  2. Assignment Operators
  3. Doing More Math with Assignment Operators
  4. Forming a Relationship with Operators
By: James Payne
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October 22, 2007

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Below is a list of Assignment and Arithmetic Assignment Operators and what they do:


What it Does


For addition


For subtraction


For multiplication


For division


For modulation


For incrementing


For decrementing


For addition assignments


For subtraction assignments


For multiplication assignments


For divisional assignments


For modulus assignments

If you want to incrementally increase a number, you can do so this way:

my_weight = 4000;


This would increase my weight from 4000 to 4001. If I stood up, lifting my enormous body, I could adjust my weight this way:

my_weight = 4001;


Now my weight is back down to a fearsome 4000. Soon you won't be able to see me when I turn sideways. Dealing with increments/decrements can get tricky for some people, but not us with our enormous brains. The reason they can become tricky is because of operator precedence. Observe the following two coding samples:

my_weight = 4000;

my_new_weight = ++my_weight;

The above would result in my weight being 4001. This is because the ++ takes precedence, adding 1 to my weight before adding my_weight to my_new_weight. If I had placed the ++ on the opposite side of my_weight I would have received a different result.

my_weight = 4000;

my_new_weight = my_weight++;

This would result in my_new_weight carrying the value 4000. This is because it adds the value of my_weight to my_new_weight prior to adding 1 to the value of my_weight.

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