dartdog - 5 months ago 8

Python Question

In Zed Shaw's Learn Python the Hard Way (page 15-16), he has an example exercise

`100 - 25 * 3 % 4`

the result is 97 (try it!)

I cannot see the order of operations that could do this..

100 - 25 = 75

3 % 4 = 0

or (100-25*3) =225 % 4 = ??? but anyhow not 97 I don't think...

A similar example is

`3 + 2 + 1 - 5 + 4 % 2 - 1 / 4 + 6`

In what order are the operations done?

Answer

For the first example: `*`

and `%`

take precedence over `-`

, so we first evaluate `25 * 3 % 4`

. `*`

and `%`

have the same priority and associativity from left to right, so we evaluate from left to right, starting with `25 * 3`

. This yields `75`

. Now we evaluate `75 % 4`

, yielding `3`

. Finally, `100 - 3`

is `97`

.