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Computer Variables in Simple Understandable English

a = 1

Question: What is a?

Algebra Answer: 1

Computer Programming Answer: a is a label of a box and inside the box is the number 1

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Question: What is the =

Algebra Answer: equals whatever the sum of the calculation is.

Computer Programming Answer: Whatever comes after the equals (on the right of it) goes into the box (on the left of it) before it.

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So a variable name is simply a label of a box that is in computer memory. That you can put something inside it.