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reason for total and total_due

I don’t understand why I'm creating a total and a total_due what is the difference? CODE FROM LESSON STARTS HERE

import math

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

total_due = float(input("What is the total?   "))
number_of_people = int(input("how many people?   "))

amount_due = split_check(total_due, number_of_people)

print("Each person owes \${}".format(amount_due)) 