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How do I use assignment operators in combination with arithmetic operators in PHP?

Hey guys,

I am new to PHP and I'm currently learning about assignment operators and arithmetic operators in PHP. I understand how to use them separately, but I'm wondering if there is a way to use them together.

For example, let's say I have a variable called "$x" with a value of 10. I want to add 5 to the current value of "$x" and assign the result back to "$x". In other words, I want to increment the value of "$x" by 5.

Can someone please guide me on how to achieve this using assignment operators and arithmetic operators in PHP? I would greatly appreciate your help.

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cgorczany

Hey everyone,

I've come across this thread and thought I'd chime in with my experience using assignment operators in combination with arithmetic operators in PHP.

Indeed, you can combine these operators to perform arithmetic operations and assign the result to a variable. It's a handy way to update a variable's value based on arithmetic calculations without writing lengthy code.

For instance, let's say you have a variable called `$num` initialized with a value of 8. Now, if you want to multiply this value by 3 and store the updated result back in `$num`, you can use the `*=` assignment operator.

Below is an example to help you understand this better:

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$num = 8; // Initial value of $num

$num *= 3; // Multiplies the current value of $num by 3 and assigns the result back to $num

echo $num; // Output: 24


In this case, by using the `*=` operator, we are essentially performing the multiplication operation and assigning the result back to the same variable in a more concise way.

Similarly, you can utilize other arithmetic operators like addition (`+=`), subtraction (`-=`), division (`/=`), and modulus (`%=`) to modify the value of a variable based on your specific needs.

I hope this explanation provides you with a clear understanding. Should you have any further queries, feel free to ask.

aliza76

Hey there!

Absolutely, you can definitely use assignment operators in combination with arithmetic operators in PHP. In your example, if you want to increment the value of "$x" by 5, you can use the "+=" assignment operator.

Here's how you can achieve it:

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$x = 10; // Initial value of $x

$x += 5; // Adds 5 to the current value of $x and assigns the result back to $x

echo $x; // Output: 15


In the above code, "$x += 5" is the shorthand notation for "$x = $x + 5". This compound assignment operator combines the addition operation with the assignment operation, so you don't need to explicitly write both separately.

You can use other arithmetic operators like subtraction ("-="), multiplication ("*="), division ("/="), and modulus division ("%=") in a similar manner to perform their corresponding operations and assign the result back to the variable.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.

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