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Python Python Basics (2015) Logic in Python Try and Except

Christian Geib
Christian Geib
826 Points

How do I achieve floating numbers here

Hi, so this is my answer:

def add(num1, num2): return(float(num1+num2))

I receive a value error along the lines that it cannot convert floats to strings. What am I missing? Am I supposed to work with 'try:' or 'except' at this stage?

def add(num1, num2):

1 Answer

Michael Hulet
Michael Hulet
47,842 Points

In Python, operators and functions are evaluated from the inside out. Take this line of code for example:

result = float(num + other_num)

This adds the values of num and other_num, then converts it to a float, and assigns the result to result. However, this is different:

result = float(num) + float(other_num)

This converts num to a float, converts other_num to a float, then adds the two together, and then assigns it to result

Your code looks morel like my first example. It's adding values as-is, and then converts the result to a float. If the challenge passes in types that are incompatible for math (a string and a float, for example), your code will fail. I think what you meant to do is something more like my second example, so if you make it look like that, your code won't crash anymore