An operator is symbol that takes one or more values (or expressions, in programming jargon) and yields another value (so that the construction itself becomes an expression).
There are many different types of operators, but the ones we primarily concern ourselves with are boldfaced below. If you'd like to learn more about different types of operators in PHP, please click here.
- Operator Precedence
- Arithmetic Operators
- Assignment Operators
- Bitwise Operators
- Comparison Operators
- Error Control Operators
- Execution Operators
- Incrementing/Decrementing Operators
- Logical Operators
- String Operators
- Array Operators
- Type Operators
An assignment operator assigns a value to its left operand based on the value of its right operand.
Arithmetic operators take numerical values (either literals or variables) as their operands and return a single numerical value. The standard arithmetic operators are addition (+), subtraction (-), multiplication (*), and division (/).
An example of some arithmetic operators in PHP can be found below .
|+$a||Identity||Conversion of $a to int or float as appropriate.|
|-$a||Negation||Opposite of $a.|
|$a + $b||Addition||Sum of $a and $b.|
|$a - $b||Subtraction||Difference of $a and $b.|
|$a * $b||Multiplication||Product of $a and $b.|
|$a / $b||Division||Quotient of $a and $b.|
|$a % $b||Modulus||Remainder of $a divided by $b.|
|$a ** $b||Exponentiation||Result of raising $a to the $b'th power.|
An example of some arithmetic operators in Python can be found below .
|a + b||Addition||Sum of a and b.|
|a - b||Subtraction||Difference of a and b.|
|a * b||Multiplication||Product of a and b.|
|a / b||Division||Quotient of a and b.|
|a % b||Modulus||Remainder of a divided by b.|
|a ** b||Exponentiation||Result of raising a to the b'th power.|
Comparison operators, as their name implies, allow you to compare two values.
An example of some conditional operators in PHP can be found below .
|$a == $b||Equal||TRUE if $a is equal to $b after type juggling.|
|$a === $b||Identical||TRUE if $a is equal to $b, and they are of the same type.|
|$a != $b||Not equal||TRUE if $a is not equal to $b after type juggling..|
|$a <> $b||Not equal||TRUE if $a is not equal to $b after type juggling.|
|$a !== $b||Not identical||TRUE if $a is not equal to $b, or they are not of the same type.|
|$a < $b||Less than||TRUE if $a is strictly less than $b.|
|$a > $b||Greater than||TRUE if $a is strictly greater than $b.|
|$a <= $b||Less than or equal to||TRUE if $a is less than or equal to $b.|
|$a >= $b||Greater than or equal to||TRUE if $a is greater than or equal to $b.|
|$a <=> $b||Spaceship||An integer less than, equal to, or greater than zero when $a is respectively less than, equal to, or greater than $b. Available as of PHP 7.|
An example of some conditional operators in Python can be found below .
|a == b||Equal||TRUE if a is equal to b|
|a != b||Not equal||TRUE if a is not equal to b|
|a < b||Less than||TRUE if a is strictly less than b.|
|a > b||Greater than||TRUE if a is strictly greater than b.|
|a <= b||Less than or equal to||TRUE if a is less than or equal to b.|
|a >= b||Greater than or equal to||TRUE if a is greater than or equal to b.|
|a in b||in||TRUE if a is in b.|
|a not in b||not in||TRUE if a is NOT in b|
This video references the C programming language and scratch, but the ideas about operators are excellent. In the case of conditionals, PHP and C share similar syntax (but not exact).
The way the IB wants you to use operators
Please know all code submitted to the IB (with the exception of object oriented programming option) is in pseudocode. The way we write operators in pseudocode is different than the way we might write them in the real world.
Below is a graphic that is taken from the above PDF file to help you understand how the IB wants operators to look.
Python operators cheatsheet
- Define the terms: variable, constant, operator, object.
- Define common operators.
- Analyse the use of variables, constants and operators in algorithms.