# Operator

An operator is a symbol within a mathematical expression that defines a specific operation. For example, the plus symbol (+) is an operator that represents addition.

Common operators include:

**+**(add)**-**(subtract)*****or**x**(mulitply)**/**or**÷**(divide)**%**or**mod**(modulus)

Consider the calculation:

### 2 + 3 x 4 = 14

In the expression above, **+** and **x** are operators, while the numbers 2, 3, and 4 are operands. 14 is the result (since the **x** operand takes precedence over the **+** operand).

While operands are typically associated with mathematics, they also apply to computer science. For example, the function below contains two operators and three operands.

```
halfPlusSeven(x)
{
$total = $x / 2 + 7;
return $total;
}
```

The **/** and **+** symbols are operators, while the variable $x and the numbers 2 and 7 are operands. If x = 30, the expression will evaluate as (30 / 2) + 7, which will return a result of 22.