Let’s do Math: Arithmetic Operator

In the last exercise, we learned about variables and how we can assign values to a variable of a specific type, such as:

int age = 3;  // declare variable age of type int with value 3
age = 4;      // assign 4 to the variable age

Looking at the code above, it essentially adds 1 to the value of the variable age.

And, in Java, we can perform math operations on variables directly with arithmetic operators: +, -, *, /, %. For example, we can use the add operator + to add 1 to age:

int age = 3;  // declare variable age of type int with value 3
age = age + 1;// add 1 to age

The following are the arithmetic operators in Java:

+addition1 + 1 = 2
-subtraction2 - 1 = 1
*multiplication3 * 3 = 9
/division9 / 3 = 3
%modulus/remainder10 % 4 = 2

Note: If both of the operands of division are integers, the result will also be an integer. For example, 10 / 4 returns 2, not 2.5 since we throw away the remainder. If either of the operands is a double, the result will be a double.

Note: Modulus operation get the remainder of the division operation.

Add (+) is used on String as concatenation operator. For example:

String name = "Patric" + "k"; is same as String name = "Patrick";


  1. Use the program below to practice using the arithmetic operators. Change the numbers to see the answers.

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Comparisons: Relational Operator

Next, let’s learn how to compare numbers, using relational operators.

Just like in math, we can compare numbers using >, <, >=, <=. For example: (3 > 2) is true, a boolean value.

The following are the relational operators in Java:

==equal to(3 == 3) is true
!=not equal to(3 != 3) is false
>greater than(3 > 2) is true
<less than(3 < 2) is false
>=greater than or equal to(3 >= 2) is true
<=less than or equal to(2 <= 2) is true

Note: == and != can only be used on data of the same type. For example:

int x=3; 
double y=3.0; 
x==y; // This would produce an error because x and y are of different types.

Using 1 equal sign assigns a value to the variable. Using 2 equal signs compares the values of two elements.

age = 3;  // sets the value of age to 3
age == 3; // checks to see if the value of age is 3

Comparison Practice

  1. Use the program below to practice using the comparison operators. Change the numbers to see the answers.

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Exam Statistics!

Patrick 🐥 and 4 of his classmates just had a music exam in this class. These are the grades of their exams: Patrick(88), Tom(89), Mary(95), Chris(84), Jen(92).

We want to produce a grade statistic report of the whole class.

This report lists each student’s grade, class average score, and whether class average is over 60, 70, 80, 90 (true or false), like the following:

     Music Grade Report    

Student Grades:          
- Patrick: ...
- Tom: ...

Class Average: ...
- Average Over 60: ...
- Average Over 70: ...
- Average Over 80: ...
- Average Over 90: ...

Let’s write it with the help of operators 🎵!


  1. Identify all the variables in the print statements and declare them starting on line 12 with the correct data type and value. Note that there are 10 variables in total, and average has been declared for you).

    Hint: for example, the variable patrickGrade should be declared and assigned on line 13 as int patrickGrade = 88;.

  2. Calculate the correct class average and assign it to variable average using arithmetic operators such as +, -, *, /, %.

    Note that an average score is (total points)/(number of students).

  3. Assign variables over60, over70, over80, over90 with the correct value using relational operators such as >, <, >=, <=.

  4. Run the program and see the report printed!

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