new to python and programming at large.

kwakukwatiah at kwakukwatiah at
Thu Jan 10 03:45:03 CET 2013

-----Original Message----- 
From: Dave Angel
Sent: Wednesday, January 09, 2013 12:00 PM
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Subject: Re: new to python and programming at large.

On 01/09/2013 05:28 PM, kwakukwatiah at wrote:
> thanks for ur help I wz able to do it.but I wish to expand it by asking a 
> user to input a number for the sqrt to be calculated it I dd it this way 
> but its not working.
> from math import sqrt
> number = raw_input('enter a number:')
> def number(y):
>     return number(Y)

Please don't keep posting new messages on the same topic.  When adding
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This program has a pile of problems with it.

You've used the name 'number' for three different purposes.  Let me
explain what those lines do.

number = raw_input(...
    Capture a string from the user.  Type is str.

def number(y):
     toss out the string the user entered, and bind that name instead to
a function definition that takes a parameter y.

return number(Y)
    Attempt to call your own function recursively, but first crash since
Y is undefined.  Y is not the same as y.

Fortunately, you never actually call the function, by any name.

You never used the string you got from the user, but if you had fixed
everything else, you'd have discovered that sqrt() expects either an int
or a float.

    put your imports first
    then put your function definitions and classes
    only then put your initialization and calls to those functions and
    Make sure you don't use the same name for two different purposes.
It can frequently be okay, but it's certainly confusing for a beginner.
    Watch the case of any names you use.  It matters.

You don't have a spec, but perhaps this is close to what you want

from math import sqrt

def squareroot(y):
    return sqrt(y)

number = float(raw_input('enter a number:'))
print squareroot(number)



thanks so much it worked.I have tried and tried.look at what I was doing.
me = raw_input("Enter a value:")
from math import sqrt
def squareroot(y):

    me = squareroot(y)
    return squareroot(y)

thanks I am very greatful.

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