Set Perl Variables
Often, you only need to use a variable to store a single text or numeric value. Such variables are referred to as scalar variables in Perl.
Scalar Variable Names
Perl scalar variables are prefixed by the dollar sign ($) character. In addition, all Perl variable names must follow these rules:
- Variable names must contain only letters (a-z, A-Z), underscores (_), and numeric digits (0-9).
- The first character of a variable name must be a letter (a-z, A-Z) or underscore (_).
- Variable names are case-sensitive, so myvariable is not the same as MyVariable.
Some variable names are used by WebAssign®. These variables are listed in the documentation.
To set the value of a Perl variable:
$variable = value;
where variable is the variable name and value is the value to be assigned. The value can be either a single value or a Perl expression that results in a value.
The following example variable assignment statements should be inside an <EQN> or <eqn> tag.
# set $radius equal to 5 $radius = 5; # calculate the $diameter $diameter = $radius * 2; # use the predefined variable $pi $circumference = $diameter * $pi; # use ** for exponentiation $area = $pi * $radius ** 2; # use quotes to enclose a text value $message1 = 'The radius is '; # concatenate strings as text with the period (.) $message2 = $message1 . $radius; # in double quotes, the value of a variable is substituted $message3 = "The diameter is $diameter.";