In any language, arithmetic operation is support is needed which is same as mathematical expression. But writing data structure for understanding arithmetic expression has so many complications. Like scanning direction, operations priority and after that how to decide the priority if any parenthesis is coming. So designing compiler for any language has a need to take care of these complications. But support of arithmetic expressions one of basic requirement of any language. Let us take an arithmetic expression
Suppose a=0 and b=6. suppose we are diving operation first then add. So the resultant value will be
Now, suppose we are talking and operation first then divide operation. So the resultant
Here we can see that priority of operation is giving different result. So it is decided that scanning will be from left to right and each operation will have some precedence level. Now suppose we are taking parenthesis in expression. let us take the same expression with parenthesis
Here first the operation will be for expression inside the parenthesis . So we have a need to decide the priority should be highest.
Here we will take five operation '+','-','*','/' and '^' (for exponential) and based on that all expression will be given.
Level 2 ^ (Exponentiation)
Level 1 * (Multiplication and Division)
Level 0 + (Addition or subtraction)
Here Level 2 is highest priority and Level 0 is lowest.