text io

basic io

Now we’ll write that program we mentioned earlier. In the upper box, write some commands to do the following:

  1. use input to get the user’s name
  2. use print to display a friendly greeting

After you write the commands, running the program should give you output like this:

What is your name? kevin
Go away kevin

Good luck! I’ve provided a solution below, but try to write the program without looking at it first. You may need to go back to the print, variables or input pages to refresh your memory.

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name = input("What is your name? ")
print("Go away", name)

mad libs

After you get that working, change your program into a game of Mad Libs:

enter a name: steve
enter another name: winnifred
enter a noun: large hadron collider
enter another noun (plural): salad
enter yet another noun: stopwatch
enter a verb ending in -ing: frollicking

steve and winnifred ran up the large hadron collider
to fetch a pale of salad
steve fell down and broke his stopwatch
and winnifred came frollicking after

high-low part 1

We’ll use what we learned to write a small part of the high-low program. In Thonny, create a file called hilo.py. We’ll add code to this file as we progress through the course.

For now, we want to write the part of the program that asks the user to guess a number. So write a program that gives this output:

>>> %Run hilo.py
Pick a number: 7
Your guess: 7
The computer's number: 64

If you run it again but type 50 instead of 7, it’ll give this output:

>>> %Run hilo.py
Pick a number: 50
Your number: 50
The computer's number: 64

So the computer’s number is always 64. We don’t know how to pick a number randomly yet, so we’ll just do this instead.

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computer_number = 64
guess = input("Pick a number: ")
print("Your number:", guess)
print("The computer's number:", computer_number)


what if

Pretend you’re taking CS 101 at Wossamotta University. During the semester there are two midterm exams and a final exam. Your grade breakdown is:

  • 25% – midterm 1 score
  • 25% – midterm 2 score
  • 50% – final exam score

You got 85% and 95% on the two midterms, respectively. So if you got 75% on the final, your grade would be 0.25 * 85 + 0.25 * 95 + 0.5 * 75 = 82.5%.

Now write the following program:

Enter a final exam score: 87
If you get 87 percent on the final exam, your grade will be 88.5 percent.

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final = int(input("Enter a final exam score: "))
midterm1 = 85
midterm2 = 95
grade = 0.25 * midterm1 + 0.25 * midterm2 + 0.5 * final
print("If you get", final,
      "percent on the final exam, your grade will be",
      grade, "percent.")


After you finish that, make a program that adds two numbers together:

Enter a number: 665
Enter another number: 1
665 plus 1 is 666

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