## Basic math

Posted February 27, 2013 at 07:35 AM | categories: math, python | tags: | View Comments

Updated February 27, 2013 at 02:49 PM

Python is a basic calculator out of the box. Here we consider the most basic mathematical operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and exponenetiation. we use the to get the output. For now we consider integers and float numbers. An integer is a plain number like 0, 10 or -2345. A float number has a decimal in it. The following are all floats: 1.0, -9., and 3.56. Note the trailing zero is not required, although it is good style.

print 2 + 4 print 8.1 - 5

6 3.1

Multiplication is equally straightforward.

print 5 * 4 print 3.1*2

20 6.2

Division is almost as straightforward, but we have to remember that integer division is not the same as float division. Let us consider float division first.

print 4.0 / 2.0 print 1.0/3.1

2.0 0.322580645161

Now, consider the integer versions:

print 4 / 2 print 1/3

2 0

The first result is probably what you expected, but the second may come as a surprise. In integer division the remainder is discarded, and the result is an integer.

Exponentiation is also a basic math operation that python supports directly.

print 3.**2 print 3**2 print 2**0.5

9.0 9 1.41421356237

Other types of mathematical operations require us to import functionality from python libraries. We consider those in the next section.

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