# How to create a calculator using assignments and expressions

Creating a calculator involves two steps.

**Assignment****Expressions**

**Assignment:**

In the first step, you'll set a score or value for an answer using the assignment feature. The default assignment options are **Number**, **Rating**, and **Opinion Scale**, which allow you to take the answered value as a score.

You can also add your custom scoring for **Text **answers by clicking the **Add Assignment** button.

When an assignment is added for a question, the scores are calculated and added to a default variable called 'Score' in the expressions section.

**Expressions:**

Expressions are used to write formulas for calculations. You can access them in **Settings -> Assignment & Formulas -> Numeric Expressions**.

BlockSurvey has a default expression called **Score**, which sums the scores of all questions. You can create your expressions and formulas based on your needs by clicking **Add Expression** and selecting **questions **and **expressions **using the **@** symbol.

All mathematical operations supported in Javascript are supported in **Expressions**. Refer following links for reference **Operators**, **Comparisons**, and **Math**.

### Example:

Now that we have understood the basics let's create a simple **Return on Investment(ROI) Calculator**

### What is the ROI?

Return on Investment ( ROI) is a financial metric commonly used to calculate an investment return likelihood. It's a ratio that compares an investment's gain or loss to its expense. It is useful in calculating future returns from a stand-alone investment compared to multi-investment returns.

ROI = (Net Return on Investment / Initial of Investment) X 100

Let's create questions to accept the **Initial Investment **and **Final Investment** to calculate and show **Return on Investment**.

### Assignment:

**Question 1:**

**Question 2:**

**ROI Question:** You can see how **@** has been used to select the expressions.

#### Expressions:

You can observe the expression written for **net return** and how **net return** is later used in **ROI **expression.

👉**Give this a try in real-time.**

Good luck with creating your calculator.

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