# Operators in C | Set 1 (Arithmetic Operators) Operators are the foundation of any programming language. Thus the functionality of C language is incomplete without the use of operators. Operators allow us to perform different kinds of operations on operands. In C, operators in Can be categorized in following categories:

• Arithmetic Operators (+, -, *, /, %, post-increment, pre-increment, post-decrement, pre-decrement)
• Relational Operators (==, !=, >, <, >= & <=) Logical Operators (&&, || and !)
• Bitwise Operators (&, |, ^, ~, >> and <<)
• Assignment Operators (=, +=, -=, *=, etc)
• Other Operators (conditional, comma, sizeof, address, redirecton)

Arithmetic Operators: These are used to perform arithmetic/mathematical operations on operands. The binary operators falling in this category are:

• Subtraction: The ‘-‘ operator subtracts two operands. For example, x-y.
• Multiplication: The ‘*’ operator multiplies two operands. For example, x*y.
• Division: The ‘/’ operator divides the first operand by the second. For example, x/y.
• Modulus: The ‘%’ operator returns the remainder when first operand is divided by the second. For example, x%y.
 `// C program to demonstrate working of binary arithmetic operators ` `#include ` ` `  `int` `main() ` `{ ` `    ``int` `a = 10, b = 4, res; ` ` `  `    ``// printing a and b ` `    ``printf``(````"a is %d and b is %d "````, a, b); ` ` `  `    ``res = a + b; ``// addition ` `    ``printf``(````"a+b is %d "````, res); ` ` `  `    ``res = a - b; ``// subtraction ` `    ``printf``(````"a-b is %d "````, res); ` ` `  `    ``res = a * b; ``// multiplication ` `    ``printf``(````"a*b is %d "````, res); ` ` `  `    ``res = a / b; ``// division ` `    ``printf``(````"a/b is %d "````, res); ` ` `  `    ``res = a % b; ``// modulus ` `    ``printf``(````"a%b is %d "````, res); ` ` `  `    ``return` `0; ` `} `

Output:

```a is 10 and b is 4
a+b is 14
a-b is 6
a*b is 40
a/b is 2
a%b is 2```

The ones falling into the category of unary arithmetic operators are:

• Increment: The ‘++’ operator is used to increment the value of an integer. When placed before the variable name (also called pre-increment operator), its value is incremented instantly. For example, ++x.
And when it is placed after the variable name (also called post-increment operator), its value is preserved temporarily until the execution of this statement and it gets updated before the execution of the next statement. For example, x++.
• Decrement: The ‘ – – ‘ operator is used to decrement the value of an integer. When placed before the variable name (also called pre-decrement operator), its value is decremented instantly. For example, – – x.
And when it is placed after the variable name (also called post-decrement operator), its value is preserved temporarily until the execution of this statement and it gets updated before the execution of the next statement. For example, x – –.
 `// C program to demonstrate working of Unary arithmetic operators ` `#include ` ` `  `int` `main() ` `{ ` `    ``int` `a = 10, b = 4, res; ` ` `  `    ``// post-increment example: ` `    ``// res is assigned 10 only, a is not updated yet ` `    ``res = a++; ` `    ``printf``(````"a is %d and res is %d "````, a, res); ``// a becomes 11 now ` ` `  `    ``// post-decrement example: ` `    ``// res is assigned 11 only, a is not updated yet ` `    ``res = a--; ` `    ``printf``(````"a is %d and res is %d "````, a, res); ``// a becomes 10 now ` ` `  `    ``// pre-increment example: ` `    ``// res is assigned 11 now since a is updated here itself ` `    ``res = ++a; ` `    ``// a and res have same values = 11 ` `    ``printf``(````"a is %d and res is %d "````, a, res); ` ` `  `    ``// pre-decrement example: ` `    ``// res is assigned 10 only since a is updated here itself ` `    ``res = --a; ` `    ``// a and res have same values = 10 ` `    ``printf``(````"a is %d and res is %d "````, a, res); ` ` `  `    ``return` `0; ` `} `

Output:

```a is 11 and res is 10
a is 10 and res is 11
a is 11 and res is 11
a is 10 and res is 10```

We will soon be discussing other categories of operators in different posts.

Quiz on Operators in C

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