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Python Python Basics Functions and Looping Returning Values

Mark Kohner
Mark Kohner
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confused about using return values

In this example, cost_per_person is returned. I am a bit confused, though. It is given a variable name inside of the function -- and not defined outside. Okay. Why is it given a variable name at all?

1 Answer

In this particular example, there is no reason other than making the code easier to understand for the student. A much simpler code would have been "return total / number_of_people", but using a variable name clarifies what that result is supposed to be.

That being said, you can totally use variables in a function. Functions are like any other piece of code you will write, you will need to store data and label them with explicit names. While a new variable isn't totally necessary in this example, they will become critical as your code becomes more complex.