new to python and programming at large

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Wed Jan 9 16:43:23 CET 2013

On Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 2:38 AM, Alister <alister.ware at> wrote:
> On Thu, 10 Jan 2013 02:18:11 +1100, Chris Angelico wrote:
>> On Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 8:03 AM,  <kwakukwatiah at> wrote:
>>> pls  I want to write a function that can compute for the sqrt root of
>>> any it not working pls help.
>>> from math import sqrt def squareroot(self):
>>>     x = sqrt(y)
>>>     print x
>> The 'self' argument is a convention used in classes. You probably want
>> to call your argument y:
>> def squareroot(y):
>> since that's what you then pass to math.sqrt.
>> Chris Angelico
> why even do this when simply calling sqrt is all that is needed?

Good question. But without a lot more context from the OP, none of
this is really ponderable...


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