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JavaScript JavaScript Basics (Retired) Creating Reusable Code with Functions Create a max() Function

alonzo alvarado
alonzo alvarado
3,387 Points

need help finding the synthax error!

Create a new function named max() which accepts two numbers as arguments. The function should return the larger of the two numbers. You'll need to use a conditional statement to test the 2 numbers to see which is the larger of the two.

script.js
function max(num1, num2) {
  if (num1 > num2) {
    return num1;
  } else (num1 < num2) {
    return num2;
  }
}

3 Answers

Hi Alonzo, I think you might need to change your "else" statement to "else if" since you are giving it a new set of conditions to meet.

I would code it like this:

function max(num1, num2) {
    var answer = "";
    if (num1 > num2) {
         answer = num1;
    } else if (num2 > num1) {
         answer = num2;
    } else {
         answer = "the numbers are equal";
    }
    return answer;
}

But Sean Ford is correct, you need an if with the later condition. I missed that at first.

alonzo alvarado
alonzo alvarado
3,387 Points

i would of never thought about adding a variable :o

I think it is because you have two returns. I would assign the larger to a variable and return the variable after the if/else statement.