# Go gotcha: Why is my computation wrong?

Why doesn’t this code compute the number of hours and seconds?

```
n := 43210 // time in seconds
fmt.Println(n/60*60, "hours and", n%60*60, "seconds")
```

```
43200 hours and 600 seconds
```

## Answer

The `*`

, `/`

, and `%`

operators have the same precedence
and are evaluated left to right: `n/60*60`

is the same as `(n/60)*60`

.

Insert a pair of parantheses to force the correct evaluation order:

```
fmt.Println(n/(60*60), "hours and", n%(60*60), "seconds")
```

```
12 hours and 10 seconds
```

Or better yet, use a constant:

```
const SecPerHour = 60 * 60
fmt.Println(n/SecPerHour, "hours and", n%SecPerHour, "seconds")
```

```
12 hours and 10 seconds
```

See Operator precedence for a complete explanation of the order of operations in Go expressions.

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