# VBScript arithmetic operator

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VBScript arithmetic operators allow you to calculate numeric values with the well-known math operators from numeric operands.

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## Addition operator: `+`

Use this to add the two numeric operands together.

Var2 = 1 + 1

`Var2`

will hold **2**.

If either type is a double the result is a double. Otherwise, the result is an integer.

Note that if either operand is a non-number-like string, the `+`

operator will concatenate them.

## Subtraction operator: `-`

Use this to subtract the right operand from the left.

Var1 = 2 - 1

`Var1`

will hold **1**.

If either type is a double the result is a double. Otherwise, the result is an integer.

## Negation operator: `-`

The negation operator normally is seen with a numeric literal, stating that the literal is a negative number. But, the `-`

operator can be placed before any variable or result to get the opposite (*** -1**) of the value. This is a unary operator, meaning it operates on only one operand on its right. If there are two operands, `-`

becomes the subtraction operator.

Store the value **-1**, or the opposite of the value **1**.

Var1 = -1

Store the opposite of `SomeFunction`

()'s result.

Var1 = -SomeFunction()

The `+`

operator can be used in the same way, however does not have any mathematical effect (*** 1**).

## Multiplication operator: `*`

Use this to multiply two numeric operands together.

Var10 = 2 * 5

`Var10`

will hold **10**.

If either type is a double the result is a double. Otherwise, the result is an integer.

## Division operator: `/`

Use this to divide the left operand into the right operand.

Var5 = 10 / 2

`Var5`

will hold **5**.

The result is always a double.

## Integer division operator: `\`

Use this to divide the left operand into the right operand.

Var5 = 10 \ 2

`Var5`

will hold **5**.

The result is always an integer. The result will be rounded down.

Var1 = 9 / 5 Var2 = 9 \ 5

`Var1`

equals **1.8** and `Var2`

equals **1**.

## Modulus operator: `Mod`

This operator will divide the left operand into the right operand and return the **remainder** of the division.

Var1 = 3 Mod 2

`Var1`

will hold **1**.

If either type is a double the result is a double. Otherwise, the result is an integer.

## Exponent operator: `^`

Use this to raise the left operand to the power of the right operand.

Var256 = 2 ^ 8

`Var256`

will hold **256**.

The result is always a double.