Working with code blocks is one of the great features of Orgmode and is therefore rather well known.

They canonically look like this:

#+NAME: <name>
#+BEGIN_SRC <language> <switches> <header arguments>
  <body>
#+END_SRC

This works great when you want to add either a bigger snippet for an exported document or you want to do actual calculations with data from the document.

For the latter case, if you don't need a whole lot of room for your code - for example if you're doing an easy calculation like the VAT on an invoice, it would be great if you had the ability to add inline code blocks. And of course, Orgmode provides!

Anywhere in an Orgmode document, inline code snippets can be embedded like this: src_elisp{( + 1 2)}

When you hit C-c C-c while point is on this code, it will execute and append the result. When exporting, the code block is not visible while the result is.