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Python Python Basics Functions and Looping Returning Values

File "<stdin>", line 1

In check_please.py, as soon as I added import math for the math ceiling I get a stdin error I do not understand. Please advise:

import math


def split_check(total, number_of_people):
    cost_per_person = math.ceil(total / number_of_people)
    return cost_per_person

amount_due = split_check(84.97, 4)
print("Each person owes ${}".format(amount_due))

Console returns:

>>> python check_please.py
  File "<stdin>", line 1
    python check_please.py 
           ^ 
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

2 Answers

Chris Freeman
MOD
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 67,665 Points

Based on the “>>>”, you appear to be in the REPL interpreter. To run your code from there use:

>>> import check_please
Each person owes $22

As ‘python.py’ doesn’t exist to be imported by the REPL.

Or you may run from the shell:

$ python check_please.py

Post back if you need more help. Good luck!!!

Thanks for the reply Chris. I ended up shutting down the workspace a few times and reopening. Finally, it worked after exiting web browser and starting up again.

Not sure how/why it eventually fixed itself, but that's what had to happen.