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im stumped i have been trying this for 30 mins

squaring.py
```number = 3

def square(total):
total = number ** 2

result = total
```

Great response lemelleio, you should post it as an answer instead of a comment.
If I was a moderator, I'd have promoted it for you.

Thank you Steven Parker I didn't even notice it was just a comment. You've actually helped me out a ton when I find your answers to challenges I'm stuck on. Happy to pay it forward!

Now I can upvote you, and Aly can give you a "best answer" if he chooses.

Hey Aly

```number = 3
#setting the initial value is not necessary,
#the code challenge will pass its own value into your function,
#in order to test your code.

def square(total):
total = number ** 2
# the issue with your function is the test passes in 5(for example) as total,
#you then reassign total(5) to a new the value of the variable "number", to the power of 2.
#well the variable "number" has no value, as you did not assign it any.
#so its value is NULL, you then return the reassigned total (which is now NULL).

result = total
#no need to assign a new variable here,
#the test only wants you to return a squared number of the parameter passed into the function.

#example solution
def square(number):
return number ** 2
```