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According to the current jargon, operators operate on operands .

For example, in the following expression, the plus character is an operator while x and y are operands.

x + y

Assuming that x and y are numeric variables, this expression produces the sum of the values stored in the variables named x and y . The variable x would be called the left operand and the variable y would be called the right operand .


Computer programs in many languages consist of statements, which in turn, consist of expressions. (Programming blocks substitute for statements in Scratch.)

An expression is a specific combination of operators and operands that evaluates to a particular result. The operands can bevariables, literals, or method calls. (Note that Scratch v1.4 didn't support methods. However, Scratch 2.0 allows you to design and create yourown blocks, which helps to alleviate that deficiency.)

In your past experience, you may have referred to expressions by the names formulas or equations . Although formulas and equations are not exactly the same thing as expressions, they are close enough to help youunderstand what expressions are and how they are used.


A statement is a specific combination of expressions. The following is an example of a statement comprised of expressions in a text-based language such as Java, C++,or C#.

z = x + y;

Operationally, values are retrieved from the variables named x and y in the above statement. These two values are added together. The result is stored in (assigned to) the variable named z , replacing whatever value may previously have been contained in that variable.

The plus character (+) would commonly be called the addition operator or the concatenation operator, depending on the type of data stored in the variables named x and y . The equal character (=) would commonly be called the assignment operator in Java, Alice, C#, and C++, but wewill see in a future module that it is also used as a relational operator in Scratch.

A brief word about type

As a very crude analogy, you can think of variables as the pens at the animal shelter and think of type as the kinds of animals that reside in those pens. Dogs and cats aredifferent types of animals that don't usually coexist very well in the same pen. Therefore, they are normally put in different pens.

Similarly, different types of data don't coexist well in the same variable in type-sensitive languages. Therefore, in type-sensitive languages, there are very stringent rules as to the types of data that can be stored in each variable.

Scratch has two types of data that can be stored in a variable (numeric and string) . However, Scratch is not a type-sensitive language so type is not an issue in Scratch. (Scratch also has a semblance of a boolean type but it tends to take care of itself.)

Unary, binary, and ternary operators

Many programming languages provide operators that can be used to perform an action on one, two, or three operands. I believe that operators in Scratchare confined to only one or two operands.

Questions & Answers

How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
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How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
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