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Operators aren't only for comparing values or concatenating strings. They can be used to perform mathematical operations.
Mathematical Operators

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Multiply 
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Divide 
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Add 

Subtract
SELECT <numeric column> <mathematical operator> <numeric value> FROM <table>;
Cheat Sheets
In your sequel learning journey
you've come across several operators.
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We've seen [SOUND] the equality and
inequality operators.
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You've seen comparison operator's that
test the relationships between two values.
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The operator's include less than,
greater than, less than or
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equal to, and greater than or equal to.
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You've also seen the concatenation
operator, for adding text types together.
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Now, let's turn to operators that can
perform mathematical transformations
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on numeric types.
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Firstly, there's the Addition operator
that adds two numbers together.
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This is represented by a plus symbol.
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This may be good if you want to add
a credit card processing fee to an invoice
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you sent to your clients.
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Next, the Subtraction operator.
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This is represented by a minus symbol.
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You may wanna do this if you're applying
a coupon code or a fixed discount.
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The Multiplication operator is
represented by a star or asterisk.
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This is great for calculating cells
text or interest on a payment.
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And finally, there's the Division operator
which is represented by a forward slash.
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Division could be used to
calculate equal monthly payments.
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Let's see these operators in action.
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In an earlier video,
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I showed you that select statements
can simply output a value.
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For example,
select Hello gives you the word Hello.
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You can do this to test SQL's
mathematical operators.
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I have set up some examples in
the SQL playground on this page.
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Go ahead and open it up and follow along.
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First, there's Addition.
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When we run these statements we see 5 and
7 as you'd expect.
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In Subtraction,
select 5 3, select 12 20,
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when we run these, we get 2 and 8.
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That's fairly straightforward.
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Next, Multiplication.
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When we run these statements, we get
10 and 30, that's what you'd expect.
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Finally, there's Division.
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Without running these, can you guess what
results of all of these stems will be?
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Let's Run it and see.
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2, 2.5, and 2.5.
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The reason the first
value is 2 is because of
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the way computers handle whole numbers,
or integers.
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If a number doesn't have a decimal place,
most programming languages,
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including SQL, will drop the remainder.
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The fractional value that normally
appears right after the decimal point.
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In other words, the result rounded down.
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In order to make sure the division
provides a floating point number, or
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a number with a decimal place.
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You need to include at least one
number with a decimal place.
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Let's see how one of these
mathematical operations can be applied
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in a real world example.
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Here's the product syllable again.
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The state of Florida adds sales tax to
all sales in brick and mortar stores
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Let's modify this statement to
include the sales tax in the price.
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Let's multiply the price by 1.06.
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This is 6% sales tax, and
provide a reader friendly label,
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Price in Florida, using the AS keyword.
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When you use an arithmetic operator on
a column it uniformly applies it to each
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value in that column.
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Let's see this in action.
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The way that floating point numbers
in programming languages like SQL
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generate this bizarre
looking remainders like this.
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The reason for this is beyond
the scope of this course, but
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to fix it,
you can use a function called round.
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The round function takes in two arguments.
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The value you want to round and the number
of decimal places you want to round it to.
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In our example, we can use the price
manipulation as the first argument.
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And the number two for the number of
decimal places as the second argument.
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When we run this now,
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the values returned are more in
line with what we were expecting.
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