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According to the current jargon, operators operate on operands .

For example, in the following expression, the plus character is an operator while x and y are operands.

x + y

Assuming that x and y are numeric variables, this expression produces the sum of the values stored in the variables named x and y . The variable x would be called the left operand and the variable y would be called the right operand .


Computer programs in many languages consist of statements, which in turn, consist of expressions. (Programming blocks substitute for statements in Scratch.)

An expression is a specific combination of operators and operands that evaluates to a particular result. The operands can bevariables, literals, or method calls. (Note that Scratch v1.4 didn't support methods. However, Scratch 2.0 allows you to design and create yourown blocks, which helps to alleviate that deficiency.)

In your past experience, you may have referred to expressions by the names formulas or equations . Although formulas and equations are not exactly the same thing as expressions, they are close enough to help youunderstand what expressions are and how they are used.


A statement is a specific combination of expressions. The following is an example of a statement comprised of expressions in a text-based language such as Java, C++,or C#.

z = x + y;

Operationally, values are retrieved from the variables named x and y in the above statement. These two values are added together. The result is stored in (assigned to) the variable named z , replacing whatever value may previously have been contained in that variable.

The plus character (+) would commonly be called the addition operator or the concatenation operator, depending on the type of data stored in the variables named x and y . The equal character (=) would commonly be called the assignment operator in Java, Alice, C#, and C++, but wewill see in a future module that it is also used as a relational operator in Scratch.

A brief word about type

As a very crude analogy, you can think of variables as the pens at the animal shelter and think of type as the kinds of animals that reside in those pens. Dogs and cats aredifferent types of animals that don't usually coexist very well in the same pen. Therefore, they are normally put in different pens.

Similarly, different types of data don't coexist well in the same variable in type-sensitive languages. Therefore, in type-sensitive languages, there are very stringent rules as to the types of data that can be stored in each variable.

Scratch has two types of data that can be stored in a variable (numeric and string) . However, Scratch is not a type-sensitive language so type is not an issue in Scratch. (Scratch also has a semblance of a boolean type but it tends to take care of itself.)

Unary, binary, and ternary operators

Many programming languages provide operators that can be used to perform an action on one, two, or three operands. I believe that operators in Scratchare confined to only one or two operands.

Questions & Answers

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Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
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what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
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Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
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for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
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I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
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what is system testing?
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Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
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what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
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silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
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