###### Christopher Hill

1,042 Points# I'm confused about num_tickets = int(num_tickets)

I'm confused with how int(num_tickets) plays a part, why do we assign num_tickets to int(num_tickets)?

I don't understand how the in() function plays into the code.

num_tickets = input("How many tickets would you like, {}? ".format(name)) num_tickets = int(num_tickets)

## 2 Answers

###### Ave Nurme

15,865 PointsHi Christopher

EDIT: Edited the examples a bit...too many 5's may be confusing :-)

The `int()`

is important for the arithmetic calculation which takes place in the program where we calculate `amount_due`

.
By default `input()`

is a string and we need to convert the `string`

into an `int`

to make the calculations.

Here are two examples for you.

In this first example we convert the `string`

into an `int`

:

```
TICKET_PRICE = 3
num_tickets = input("How many tickets would you like? ")
num_tickets = int(num_tickets)
amount_due = num_tickets * TICKET_PRICE
print(f'\nYou wished for {num_tickets} tickets.')
print(f'The total for this is {amount_due} dollars.')
"""
OUTPUT:
How many tickets would you like? 5
You wished for 5 tickets.
The total for this is 15 dollars.
"""
```

In this second example we do not make the conversion:

```
TICKET_PRICE = 3
num_tickets = input("How many tickets would you like? ")
amount_due = num_tickets * TICKET_PRICE
print(f'\nYou wished for {num_tickets} tickets.')
print(f'The total for this is {amount_due} dollars.')
"""
OUTPUT:
How many tickets would you like? 5
You wished for 5 tickets.
The total for this is 555 dollars.
"""
```

As you can see the total in both examples differs.

Here is a shorter example for you:

```
example_int = 3
example_string = 'aaa'
print(example_int * 5)
print(example_string * 5)
"""
OUTPUT:
15
aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
"""
```

EDIT: In the last example there are 5 blocks of the string 'aaa' (aaa aaa aaa aaa aaa) since this is the behaviour when you multiply strings with a number. In this case we multiplied 'aaa' * 5.

Does this make things clearer for you?

###### Christopher Hill

1,042 PointsThis helps a lot, thank you.