### Spotlight: The Operators

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**The operators manipulate data.**

You will notice that the blocks have different shapes. Subsequently, some fit together into some
blocks but not others. Test it out and
find out which blocks fit together

The first four perform basic maths operations: add, subtract,
multiply and divide where divide will give a decimal (the numbers entered in
are floating point such as 6.0).

Remember the order
of operations matters; furthermore, the rounded blocks will act as parentheses,
so anything to be calculated first is anything in parenthesis.

**Example:**

(2+3+4) x5 = 45

2+3+ 4 x5 = 25

The next block will pick a random number between any two
numbers that you enter.

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**The inequality and equals signs**

> Greater than, for example 45 > 20

= Equal, for example 3 = 3

### The Boolean operators (named after George Boole)

*Boolean operators have two values true or false*

**And**both must be true.

**Or**Either one or both must be true.

**Not**this gives a false answer when true.

Truth table

### Join, letter_of _ and length_of_

Join

Join is another word for concatenation (this term is used a lot in programming). The block will join things
together.

For example

Letter_of_

This will pick out that letter in the sequence, so if you
want to pick out n in concatenation you would use Letter 3 of concatenation.

Length of_

A string is a sequence of characters. This block will find the number of characters of the string
and output that value.

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Mod

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**Mod and Round**

Mod

This handy little operator will return the remainder of
division. If you enter 8 mod 2 the
return is 0 because there is no remainder. On the other hand, if you enter 7
mod 2 the return is 1.

Round

This will round decimals to the nearest integer. Integers are whole numbers like 1, 45 and 134.
However, numbers like 5.5 or 2/3 are
not.

Example, if you enter 3.45, the return will be 3 or if
you enter 5.5, the return will be 6

_of_

This computes a function.
You can use the drop down menu by clicking on the black arrow and choose
from a list

abs = absolute value

sqrt = square root

sin = sine

cos = cosine

tan = tangent

asin = arcsine (inverse of sine or sin^-1)

acos = arccosine (inverse of cosine or sin^-1)

atan = arctan (inverse or tan^-1)

ln = Natural log

log = logarithm

e^ = Euler's number to the power of something

10^ = 10 to the power of something

Note: The online version has two extra

floor = no number lower than

Ceiling = no number higher than

Happy coding :-)

This computes a function.
You can use the drop down menu by clicking on the black arrow, then choose
from a list

**The options are:**abs = absolute value

sqrt = square root

sin = sine

cos = cosine

tan = tangent

asin = arcsine (inverse of sine or sin^-1)

acos = arccosine (inverse of cosine or sin^-1)

atan = arctan (inverse or tan^-1)

ln = Natural log

log = logarithm

e^ = Euler's number to the power of something

10^ = 10 to the power of something

Note: The online version has two extra

floor = no number lower than

Ceiling = no number higher than

**Key points**

- The operator blocks manipulate numbers
- Count characters in a string - this could be letters, numbers or even symbols
- Can pick out a letter, value or symbol in a string.

Happy coding :-)

*Next Spotlight: The control blocks*

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