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Python Functions, Packing, and Unpacking Packing and Unpacking Packing, a Practical Example

def calculate_total(*args): total=sum(args) print(total) calculate_total(10,20,30,40)

def calculate_total(*args): total=sum(args) print(total) calculate_total(10,20,30,40) How can I make this code line without using the function of sum , if possible with for

2 Answers

Hi Erdal.

Since you're using *args, you can pass a variable number of arguments to the function. You can access them as if they were a list within the function itself. Here's an example to answer your question:

def calculate_total(*args):
     sum= 0
     for arg in args:
          sum += arg
     return sum

print(calculate_total(1, 2, 3, 4, 5))

#Should print 15
Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,644 Points

As Michael pointed out, one way to do this is with a "for" loop. Here's another one (but "reduce" might not have been introduced yet in the course):

from functools import reduce

def calculate_total(*args):
    return reduce(lambda x, y: x+y, args)