Pronunciation: /ˈɒ.pəˌrænd/ Explain
In a+b, a and b are operator, and + is an operator.
In a*b, a and b are operator, and * is an operator.
Figure 1: Operators and operands

An operand is the input to an operator. An operand is something on which an operation is performed. In the expression a + b, '+' is an operator, and a and b are its operands.

An operator can be considered as a function and the operands as the inputs or independent variables of the function.


  1. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, operand. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 130. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book

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