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Creating variables (Python)

  1. Mar 20, 2007 #1
    I want to write a program like this. It asks for a number, n. It then creates n variables, for example variable_1, variable_2 ... variable_n. Then, after some more input, values are given to these variables.

    I want to do this because at the end of the program, I want to my program to find the sum of those variables.

    Any ideas how to do this?
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  3. Mar 20, 2007 #2
    I think I have an idea now actually.

    Create a list for variables, eg

    var_list = [v0, v1, v2, v3, v4]

    Then ask for the amount of variables you want to use, eg

    z = input('How many variables do you want?')
    del var_list[z:5] # 5 is the amount of variables in the list, could be more depending on how big I make the list.
    counter = 0


    for ? in range z:
    print 'Give me a value for variable', counter + 1
    var_list[counter] = input('_ ') # assign that value to the number in a list
    counter = counter+1

    Then just find the sum of all the variables in the list (though I'm not sure how to do this.

    I'll test this out, but it might not work. If it's obviously wrong, or if there's a better way of doing this, please share :).
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2007
  4. Mar 20, 2007 #3
    http://docs.python.org/tut/node7.html [Broken]

    What you are searching for is an array; though Python does not seem to refer to them as an array. Python refers to them as Lists. An array basically is a buffer of variables. Read through that document.
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 22, 2017 at 4:24 PM
  5. Mar 20, 2007 #4
    Thank you.
  6. Mar 20, 2007 #5
    Need more help! Okay I have this. When you run the program, it creates a list with z items. At the moment, it assigns each item on the list with the phrase 'HELP ME'. How could I utilise my count variable into the name of the item? What I mean is, how could I get my function to create a list such as 'HELP ME 0', 'HELP ME 0', 'HELP ME 0'?

    Here's my code so far...

    Code (Text):
    def setzonelist(z):
        count = 0
        while z > 0:
            zonelist.insert(count, 'HELP ME')
            count = count+1
            z = z - 1

    z = input('How many zones?_ ')
    print zonelist
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2007
  7. Mar 20, 2007 #6
    Here is an example:

    Code (Text):

    def setzonelist(z):
            for count in range(z):
                    zonelist.insert(count, 'HELP ME' + repr(count))

    z = input('How many zones?_ ')

    zonelist = []

    print zonelist

    Noticed I implemented the for loop instead of the while.
  8. Mar 20, 2007 #7
    Thanks for your help mate. I didn't need to do the adding numbers thing in the end, but I've saved your code because I'm sure it'll come in handy soon. I've used your for loop idea though, much tidier :).

    The reason for all this is that I came up with an idea for a simple resistance calculator when I woke up, and since I'm trying to learn a programming language I thought I'd use this opportunity to learn more!

    I've almost finished the program I was making, but there's one last problem I'm having. Here's my code:

    Code (Text):

    zonelist = []                               # list of overall resistance values for each zone
    resilist = []                               # values of resistors in a single path
    patvlist = []                               # each number is the sum of resistors in their path, with a zone

    def inti(prompt):
        while 1:                                # loop infinitely
            x = raw_input('> ') # request a string
                new_x = int(x)                  # convert the input to a floater
                break                           # the conversion was successfull: break out of the loop
            except ValueError:                  # this block is accessed if the integer conversion fails
                print 'Please enter an integer. Not a string.'
        return new_x                            # return the floater

    def pathos():
        global zonevalue
        counter1 = 0                                    # get totals for each path and then do appropriate calculations to get a total for the zone
        for count in range(appnum):                     # For each path in the current zone
            print 'How many resistors in path', counter1 + 1, '?'    
            resinum = inti('')                          # amount of resistors. used so that the values are asked for that amount of times
            counter1 = counter1+1
            counter2 = 0
            for count in range(resinum):                # plug in resistor values
                print 'What is the value of resistor', counter2 + 1, '?'
                appnumres = inti('')                    
                resilist.append(appnumres)              # put the number in a sequence
                counter2 = counter2 + 1
            seriesval = sum(resilist)                   # get the sum of the resistances on that path
            invseriesval = (1/seriesval)                # get reciprocal for parallel circuit
            print invseriesval
            if appnum > 1:                              # if the zone has parallel paths, use reciprocal
            else:                                       # if the zone is a series, ie it has one path, just use the sum
        sum_of_all_paths = sum(patvlist)                # add up the sum of the paths
        if appnum > 1:                                  # if parallel, get the reciprocal
            zonevalue = sum_of_all_paths**-1
        else:                                           # otherwise just return the series value (coulda done this tidier...)
            zonevalue = seriesval

    print 'How many zones in the circuit?'
    z = inti('')                                # number of zones in circuit. used to dictate number of loop that asks for amount of paths in each zone
    counter = 0                                 # sets up counter
    for x in range(z):
        print 'How many paths in zone', counter + 1, '?'
        appnum = inti('')                       # asks for amount of paths, so that the pathos loop can be run a sufficient amount of times
        counter = counter + 1

    total_resistance = sum(zonelist)
    print 'The total resistance in the circuit is', total_resistance, 'ohms.'
    As you can see, I've put in something that lets you just work out series resistances. But parallel resistances require floating point number for the calculations to work. At the moment, 1/n seems to want to = 0, which isn't very helpful when it comes to finding the reciprocal of all those 0s :D.

    At the beginning of the program I've used a function that 'Sane' from this forum made, that forces you to input numbers instead of strings. At the moment it only takes integers. I tried changing the 'int' to 'float' in the function, but it didn't work. My python claimed that it expected an int... a bit presumptious of python, lol :D.

    Anyways, I'd like to know how to get it so that this program can use floating points instead of integers.

  9. Mar 20, 2007 #8
    Welcome. Later I shall look at the code. I must leave and am not returning until tonight.
  10. Mar 20, 2007 #9
    Try "1.0/n".
  11. Mar 21, 2007 #10
    Cheers mate, that worked a treat.

    The code I posted above doesn't work, but I've changed it and I now have a fully functioning program (albeit one that no one would ever want to use, lol :D).

    Thanks arevolutionist and nmtim for your help.
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