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Python Python Basics (Retired) Putting the "Fun" Back in "Function" Functions

Jameson Remick
Jameson Remick
565 Points

Am I supposed to do this whole thing with just one function? And without actually making a list?

How can I make a list and add up the numbers in one function? Wouldn't I have to start with a list, define a function to add numbers to the list, and then define another function to add the numbers in the list up? Or am I missing something/overthinking this?

def add_list(num)

1 Answer

15,791 Points

Hi Jameson,

You might be a tad overthinking this. The question will give you a list when you check your code so you don't have to worry about the list. The challenge will give you a list looking like this

[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6]

After you created your add_list function and created an argument you will want to create a for loop to loop through each number and then add it to a sum variable (or any variable name of your chosen). Here is how I accomplished this.

def add_list(x):
  sum = 0
  for nums in x:
    sum += nums

  return sum

I hope this helped. If you have any other question don't hesitate to ask.


Jameson Remick
Jameson Remick
565 Points

Thanks! That'll do it. I just wish the video went a little deeper and the instructions for this particular challenge were a bit more specific. Otherwise, I'm having a fantastic time with this and I greatly appreciate your help.