How to use operations in the calculator block (add, subtract, multiply, divide, equal)
The calculator block supports all needed operations, like adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing and equaling.
When to use
Use the calculator block when you want to perform calculations inside your form. You will always need one or more operations to perform the needed calculations. For example:
- Add up the scores of correct given answers in a quiz;
- Subtract a discount in a quote form;
- Multiply a price of a product with the entered amount;
- Divide a value in a formula.
These are just some examples. Basically you can calculate anything you want with the calculator block. Please have a look at our calculator features overview to see everything you can do with the calculator block.
How to use
In the article you're reading now we describe how to manage operations in your calculator blocks. For global instructions about the calculator block, please have a look at this article.
Each calculation block starts with an empty list of
Operations. These operations are the core of the calculator and determine what this block will calculate. Each operation is a step in your calculation. You can add as many operations as you need.
To start with, you add the
Initial value to the list of operations by clicking the
button at the bottom of the operations list. That's the starting point of your calculation.
There are several options to determine the initial value, for example static numbers, blocks, scores, comparisons, functions/constants and subcalculations.
After you added the starting variable, you can perform all kinds of calculation operations to that. You can add unlimited operations by clicking the
button at the bottom of the
Operations list. The following operations are available:
Add- Add up a value to the outcome of the previous operation;
Subtract- Subtract a value from the outcome of the previous operation;
Multiply- Multiply the outcome of the previous operation with a value;
Divide- Divide the outcome of the previous operation with a value;
Equal- Equal the calculator with a value.
The properties of operations are so flexible, you can set them up exactly how you need them. It depends on what you want to do in the operation, what settings are available for that particular operation. Some operations don't need any additional settings, but others might have far-reaching options.
There are several options to use in the properties of your operation, for example static numbers, blocks (given answers), functions/constants and subcalculations.
The mindblowing thing with calculator operations is everything is totally flexible. Even if an operation needs some steps to get to the right value, all options are available in each step. For example a comparison has to take some steps to get to the right outcome. And in each step all possible options are usable:
Last outcome (ANS);
NumberEnter a static number;
Value (given answer)Select a question from your form to use the answered value;
ConstantSelect a built-in constant value.
You can use the following actions to manage your operations:
- You can click each operation to edit the properties. By clicking the
button at the right side of each operation, you can alter the operator and delete a single operation;
- You can arrange the order of your operations by dragging and dropping a specific operation row. The operations get executed in the order that you set them in the operations list. That order of course can have a big effect on the outcome of the calculation;
- By clicking the
button at the top of the operations list, you can reset the calculator by deleting the operations list.
The calculator block has lots of features, so we have several ways to learn all about it.
Our help articles help you out on all different aspects of the calculator:
- How to add instant scores and calculations inside question blocks;
- How to use the calculator block;
- How to use operations in the calculator block (add, subtract, multiply, divide, equal) (current article);
- How to use given answers from respondents in your calculations;
- How to use scores in your calculations;
- How to use comparisons in your calculations;
- How to use functions and constants in your calculations;
- How to use subcalculations (multistep formulas) in your calculations;
- How to use text counters in your calculations;
- How to use calculations with logic branches;
- How to use the outcomes of calculator blocks.
We also made some overviews of the capabilities that the calculator block provides: