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# Mathematical Operators

VB.NET uses seven mathematical operators: five for standard calculations (`+`, `-`, `*`, `/`, and `\`), a sixth to return the remainder when dividing integers (`Mod`), and a seventh for exponential operations (`^`). The following sections consider the use of these operators.

## Simple Arithmetical Operators (+, -, *, /, \)

VB.NET offers five operators for simple arithmetic: the addition (`+`), subtraction (`-`), and multiplication (`*`) operators work as you might expect. Adding two numbers returns their sum, subtracting returns their difference, and multiplying returns their product.

VB.NET offers two division operators: `/` and `\`. The forward slash or right-facing division operator (`/`) returns a floating-point answer. In other words, this operator allows for a fractional answer; there is no remainder. Thus, if you use this operator to divide 12 by 5 (`12/5`), the answer is 2.4. This answer is returned as a Double. Note that if you assign the returned value to an integer variable, the decimal part is lopped off, and the result will be 2. If Option Strict is turned On (as it should be), you cannot assign the result to an integer without explicitly casting because you would lose the decimal portion of the answer.

The backslash or left-facing division operator (`\`) performs integer division; that is, it returns an integer value and discards any remainder. Thus, if you use the integer division operator to divide 12 by 5 (`12\5`), the return value is truncated to the integer ...

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