Lesson 6

Welcome back! Now that you've learned about **booleans**, let's take the next step and explore **comparison operators** and **boolean expressions**. These tools enable your program to make more complex decisions based on various conditions.

In this lesson, you'll see how to compare values, use comparison results, and turn them into `boolean`

expressions. These skills are vital for creating dynamic and responsive programs.

Let's dive into what you'll discover in this lesson:

**Comparison Operators**: How to use operators like`==`

,`<`

,`>`

, and`!=`

to compare values.**Boolean Expressions**: How to read and write expressions that evaluate to`true`

or`false`

.

Here's a sneak peek of what we'll cover:

Ruby`1a = 5 2b = 10 3 4is_equal = a == b 5is_less_than = a < b 6is_greater_than = a > b 7is_not_equal = a != b 8 9puts "Is a equal to b? #{is_equal}" 10puts "Is a less than b? #{is_less_than}" 11puts "Is a greater than b? #{is_greater_than}" 12puts "Is a not equal to b? #{is_not_equal}"`

This example shows how you can compare two numbers and store the results in variables, then print out whether the comparisons are `true`

or `false`

.

Notice how the comparison operators (`==`

, `<`

, `>`

, and `!=`

) help you compare values and create boolean expressions. You might be familiar with the `<`

and `>`

operators from math class, but the `==`

and `!=`

operators are new. They're used to check if two values are equal or not equal, respectively.

Understanding comparison operators and boolean expressions is crucial for implementing logic in your programs. These tools enable you to:

**Make decisions**: By comparing values and using the results to control the flow of your program.**Validate conditions**: Ensure that certain conditions are met before proceeding with a task.**Enhance interactivity**: Create programs that respond dynamically based on user input or other data.

For example, in the context of our adventure, comparing the number of days spent and checking destination visitation status helps manage the trip itinerary more effectively. Such logic makes your code robust, flexible, and ready to handle a variety of real-world scenarios.

Exciting, right? Let's dive into the practice section and solidify your understanding of `comparison operators`

and `boolean expressions`

. Ready to become even more proficient at programming? Let's get started!