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 (/).

These operators work as they do in most other programming languages when used with floating point numbers (in particular, note that division by zero produces `+/-Infinity`

). For example:

1 / 2 // returns 0.5 in JavaScript 1 / 2 // returns 0 in Java (neither number is explicitly a floating point number) 1.0 / 2.0 // returns 0.5 in both JavaScript and Java 2.0 / 0 // returns Infinity in Javascript 2.0 / 0.0 // returns Infinity too 2.0 / -0.0 // returns -Infinity in Javascript

Operators | |

Implemented in: | JavaScript 1.0 |

ECMA Version: | ECMA-262 |

## % (Remainder)

The remainder operator is used as follows:

*var1* % *var2*

The remainder operator returns the first operand modulo the second operand, that is, `var1`

modulo `var2`

, in the preceding statement, where `var1`

and `var2`

are variables. The modulo function is the integer remainder of dividing `var1`

by `var2`

. For example, `12 % 5`

returns `2`

. The result will have the same sign as *var1*; that is, `-1 % 2`

returns `-1`

.

There is a proposal to get an actual modulo operator in a future version of ECMAScript

## ++ (Increment)

The increment operator is used as follows:

or *var*++`++`

*var*

This operator increments (adds one to) its operand and returns a value. If used postfix, with operator after operand (for example, x++), then it returns the value before incrementing. If used prefix with operator before operand (for example, ++x), then it returns the value after incrementing.

For example, if `x`

is three, then the statement `y = x++`

sets `y`

to 3 and increments `x`

to 4. If `x`

is 3, then the statement `y = ++x`

increments `x`

to 4 and sets `y`

to 4.

## -- (Decrement)

The decrement operator is used as follows:

or *var*--`--`

*var*

This operator decrements (subtracts one from) its operand and returns a value. If used postfix (for example, x--), then it returns the value before decrementing. If used prefix (for example, --x), then it returns the value after decrementing.

For example, if `x`

is three, then the statement `y = x--`

sets `y`

to 3 and decrements `x`

to 2. If `x`

is 3, then the statement `y = --x`

decrements `x`

to 2 and sets `y`

to 2.

## - (Unary Negation)

The unary negation operator precedes its operand and negates it. For example, `y = -x`

negates the value of `x`

and assigns that to `y`

; that is, if `x`

were 3, `y`

would get the value -3 and `x`

would retain the value 3.

## + (Unary Plus)

The unary plus operator precedes its operand and evaluates to its operand but attempts to converts it into a number, if it isn't already. For example, `y = +x`

takes the value of `x`

and assigns that to `y`

; that is, if `x`

were 3, `y`

would get the value 3 and `x`

would retain the value 3; but if x were the string "3", y would also get the value 3. Although unary negation (-) also can convert non-numbers, unary plus is the fastest and preferred way of converting something into a number, because it does not perform any other operations on the number. It can convert string representations of integers and floats, as well as the non-string values true, false, and null. Integers in both decimal and hexadecimal ("0x"-prefixed) formats are supported. Negative numbers are supported (though not for hex). If it cannot parse a particular value, it will evaluate to NaN.

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