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### 2.4. Scalar Operators

An operator produces a new value (the result) from one or more other values (the operands). For example, + is an operator because it takes two numbers (the operands, like 5 and 6), and produces a new value (11, the result).

Perl's operators and expressions are generally a superset of those provided in most other ALGOL/Pascal-like programming languages, such as C or Java. An operator expects either numeric or string operands (or possibly a combination of both). If you provide a string operand where a number is expected, or vice versa, Perl automatically converts the operand using fairly intuitive rules, which will be detailed in Section 2.4.4, below.

#### 2.4.1. Operators for Numbers

Perl provides the typical ordinary addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division operators, and so on. For example:

```2 + 3     # 2 plus 3, or 5
5.1 - 2.4 # 5.1 minus 2.4, or approximately 2.7
3 * 12    # 3 times 12 = 36
14 / 2    # 14 divided by 2, or 7
10.2 / 0.3 # 10.2 divided by 0.3, or approximately 34
10 / 3    # always floating point divide, so approximately 3.3333333...```

Additionally, Perl provides the FORTRAN-like exponentiation operator, which many have yearned for in Pascal and C. The operator is represented by the double asterisk, such as 2**3, which is two to the third power, or eight. (If the result can't fit into a double-precision floating-point number, such as a negative number to a noninteger exponent, or a large number to a large exponent, you'll get a fatal error.) ...

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