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Python Dates and Times in Python Dates and Times Timedelta Minute

Eric Nachtsheim
Eric Nachtsheim
1,993 Points

I'm stuck (Dates and Times in Python, Timedelta-minute)

I can't seem to figure out what I'm doing wrong. I think I don't understand timedelta well enough.

Below is what I've come up with, and the only error message I get from it is "Try again". I've tried a number of different variants, but I'm just baffled. Any help would be appreciated.

minutes.py
import datetime

def minutes(datetime1, datetime2):
    datetime1 = datetime.datetime.now()
    datetime2 = datetime.datetime.today()
    seconds = datetime2.second - datetime1.second
    total = datetime.timedelta.total_seconds(seconds)
    minutes = round(total / 60)
    return minutes

2 Answers

Chris Freeman
MOD
Chris Freeman
Treehouse Moderator 67,464 Points

Hey Eric Nachtsheim, you are not far off.

  • The assignments to datetime1 and datetime2 create new local references that override the arguments passed in. Remove these assignments
  • A datetime object does have a seconds attribute. The refers to the number of partial minutes in range(60)
  • subtracting two datetime objects creates a timedelta object. so, seconds = datetime2 - datetime1. "seconds" might not be the best variable name
  • It is this timedelta object that has the total_seconds() method. so total = seconds.total_seconds()

The rest flows correctly.

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

Eric Nachtsheim
Eric Nachtsheim
1,993 Points

Got it. I see what I was doing wrong. Thanks so much!