# math - Arithmetic Operators in Java (Beginner Question)

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### math - Arithmetic Operators in Java (Beginner Question)

I know that array operators have the precedence. Then the binary arthimetic operators * , / , % . Then + and - which they are low precedence.

But I'm confused which one will java solve first in this example. And if we have 2 operators have the same priority, what operator will be used first in java?

Thank you.

``````int x = y = -2 + 5 * 7 - 7 / 2 % 5;
``````

If someone could solve this for me and explain to me part by part. Because this always confuses me in exams.

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If operators have the same precedence then they are evaluated from left to right.

From the tutorial:

When operators of equal precedence appear in the same expression, a rule must govern which is evaluated first. All binary operators except for the assignment operators are evaluated from left to right; assignment operators are evaluated right to left.

In the expression, `7 / 2 % 5`, the `/` and `%` have the same precedence, so going left to right `7 / 2 = 3` and `3 % 5 = 3`.

The highest precedence is given to * / %. Here is the breakdown of your example:

``````  -2 + 5 * 7 - 7 / 2 % 5
= -2 + (5 * 7) - (7 / 2 % 5)
= -2 + 35 - (3 % 5)
= -2 + 35 - 3
= 30
``````