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Java™ How To Program (Early Objects), Tenth Edition by Harvey Deitel, Paul Deitel

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Arithmetic Expressions in Straight-Line Form

Arithmetic expressions in Java must be written in straight-line form to facilitate entering programs into the computer. Thus, expressions such as “a divided by b” must be written as a / b, so that all constants, variables and operators appear in a straight line. The following algebraic notation is generally not acceptable to compilers:

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