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Python Python Basics Functions and Looping Create a Function

Taha Ansari
Taha Ansari
1,318 Points

Why am I getting an EOF error; my code should be working?

squaring.py
def square(number):
    return (number* number)



number = int(input("what is the number"))
total = square(number)

print ("the square root is"  .format(total))

1 Answer

Brandon White
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Brandon White
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Hi Taha,

I think the EOF error is not your error. The EOF error is the error by the test script that’s used to evaluate your code. You see, you’re asking for user input, but the challenge doesn’t instruct you to ask for user input. The challenge doesn’t instruct you to seek user input because the test script that’s meant to evaluate your code is not going to pass in any user input. So when the test encounters code that says, “Hey, what is the number?”, it ends up reaching the end of its testing script prematurely.

The second challenge only asks you to call your square function, pass in the number 3 as an argument, and assign it to the variable result, so that the square of 3 is stored in the variable. All of that is meant to be written in one line.

In this case, by not following the specific instructions, you’ve encountered an error. In addition, in this statement:

print ("the square root is" .format(total))

You shouldn’t have a space between print and the parens, you shouldn’t have a space between the end of your string and the dot format (.format(total) method, and in order to pass the value of total into the string you would need to add “{}” open and closing curly braces inside your string so that python knows where to sub in your value.

That said, none of that code is necessary for this challenge. The same goes for number variable declaration and the total variable declaration. Neither of those statements are necessary to your code, and keeping them causes the test for the challenge to behave in unexpected ways.

I hope that helps. Good luck going forward. :)

Taha Ansari
Taha Ansari
1,318 Points

Thanks so much Brandon; I realized finally that I was adding too much unnecessary code for the task assigned. I fixed it and it works now.