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cole kubossek
cole kubossek
2,740 Points

calculate_price variable....

In the example we defined the function calculate_price(number_of_tickets). But in the cost calculation below we use cost = calculate_price(tickets). Shouldn't the variable in here be (number_of_tickets).

I got a little lost on how those end up being used properly though they are 2 different variables. If that makes sense.

2 Answers

Megan Amendola
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Megan Amendola
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When you define a function, the parameters it takes can be named anything you want. Then when you use them inside of the function, you need to use the same name. For instance:

def multiply(num1, num2):
    return num1 * num2

Here I made a function that multiplies two numbers together. The parameters are passed into the function and then multiplied together. Since I named them num1 and num2, I will need to use those names inside the function in order to access the values being passed in.

Now when I call the function, the arguments being passed into the function will most likely be named something else because you may be passing in variables.

tree = 5
bug = 3

multiply(tree, bug)
multiply(6, 7)

The arguments that I am passing into the function have names that are different than the function declaration because I am passing in variables. Here tree holds the number 5 and bug holds the number 3. You can also pass in values themselves into a function like my second function call shows.

Hopefully, this helps :)

Alex Groat
Alex Groat
444 Points

Ok, so you are saying that in "cost = calculate_price(tickets)" the input for tickets will be used for both tickets and number_of_tickets because of the parameter set in the cost variable?

cole kubossek
cole kubossek
2,740 Points

Thanks for the quick and helpful response!