Python Tutorial for Beginners 3: Integers and Floats - Working with Numeric Data

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hey there how's it going everybody in

this video we'll be learning how to work

with numeric data in Python and numbers

are most commonly represented with

integers and floats and the difference

between an integer and a float is that

an integer is a whole number and a float

as a decimal so to see an example of

this let's create a variable called num

and let's just set this equal to 3 now

python has a built-in function called

type where we can see the data type of

an object so if we print out the type of

num and run this and we can see that it

returns that that is of the class

integer now if we were to set this

number instead to 3.14 and now rerun

this and we can see that now the type of

number is a float so that's the main

difference between an integer and a

float now when working with numeric data

it's common that you'll need to use some

basic arithmetic so let me grab some

comments from my snippets here just so

that we have a reference for everything

that we can do so I'll copy these

arithmetic operators and paste these in

and now let's go ahead and just run

through each of these so the first four

we've likely already seen a lot and are

familiar with so for example addition we

if we print it out 3 plus 2 and we can

expect that equal to 5 if we print out 3

minus 2 that should be 1/3 times 2

should be equal to 6 and 3 divided by 2

should be equal to 1.5 now for division

to behave this way this is actually new

in Python 3 if you're running Python 2

then this will actually equal 1 because

it drops the decimal but in Python 3

that gives us the right answer of 1.5

now if we don't want to drop that

decimal then we do have a floor division

and for division can be performed by

adding 2 division signs so if I run this

and now we can see it drops that decimal

and it's equal to 1 so if you ever see

these 2 division signs then that is this

floor division now if you wanted to work

with exponents and powers and we can use

these 2 multiplication signs so if we

wanted to print 3 to the second power

then we could just say 3 with these two

multiplication signs

if I print that then we can see that

that equals nine because three squared

is equal to nine

now this last operator here is called a

modulo operator and it gives us the

remainder after a division so three mod

two will have a remainder of 1 because 2

goes into 3 once with one left over so

if we say 3 mod 2 and run that we can

see that that is equal to 1 now a common

use case for this is to tell if a number

is even or odd now the reason for this

is because every time you divide a

number by 2 there are only two possible

remainders it's either going to be 0 or

1 so for example if we look at a few

more examples here so let me just print

out a few more module operators and I'll

do 2 mod 2 3 mod 2 4 mod 2 and 5 mod 2

so if we run this then we can see that 2

goes into 2 once with no remainders

that's why we get a 0 2 goes into 3 once

with 1 as a remainder so 2 goes into 4

twice with no remainder and 2 goes into

5 twice with 1 as a remainder so we can

see from this pattern that if you do a

mod 2 on any number and there is no

remainder and that number is even if you

do a mod 2 on any number and the

remainder is 1 and that number is odd

and that's a pretty common check that

you'll use a lot throughout Python

programming ok so now let's look at the

order of operations just like we would

expect we can also use parentheses to

change the order of operations just like

with normal arithmetic so for example if

we were to say let's see 3 times 2 plus

1 and with the normal order of

operations we would multiply 3 & 2 which

would give us 6 and then we would add 1

which would give us 7 so if we run that

then we can see that we got 7 as our

answer but if I put a parentheses here

around this 2 plus 1 and now with normal

arithmetic the way that this would work

is that it should first add up these

numbers in the parentheses which should

give us 3 and then 3 times 3 should give

9 so now if we run this then we can see

that we got 9 so the order of operations

does work correctly within Python like

we would expect ok so now let's look at

another common operation that you'll see

a lot and that is incrementing a

variable so if I make a variable here

called num and I set this equal to 1

then what are some ways that we can

increment that value by one well one way

that we could do this is to say that num

is equal to num plus 1 and if we print

out that num that we can see that it did

increment it by 1 and now it's equal to

2 but incrementing values is such a

common operation that there is a

shorthand for this so instead we can

just say num plus equals 1 so if we run

that that we can see that it's still

incremented at value up to 2 and you can

use this syntax with the other

operations as well so instead if we were

to say num x equals 10 and ran this then

we can see that we got 10 because it

took our original number and multiplied

1 by 10 okay so a couple more things

here we also have some built-in

functions available to us to work with

numbers and one of these is abs for

absolute value and basically this will

just remove the sign for many negative

numbers so if I took the absolute value

of negative 3 and I'll just clean up a

couple lines there ok so if we were to

print out the absolute value of negative

3 and run that and we can see down here

that we just got the absolute value

which is 3 now another built-in function

that we have is round and by default

this will round our values to the

nearest integer value so if we said

print the round of 3 point 7 5 and run

that and we can see that 3 point 7 5

rounded up to 4 and we can also pass a

second argument into our round function

that tells it how many digits that we

want to round to so if I put in a comma

here and pass in a 1 as a second

argument and now run this and what we're

saying is that we want to round to the

first digit after the decimal

we can see that that rounded 23.8 okay

so another common thing that you need to

do when working with numbers is to use

comparisons now we want to know if two

values are equal greater than less than

and all of that so to test this we can

use comparison operators and I have some

comments over here in my snippets with

the comparison operators as well and I'm

just going to paste over the arithmetic

operators that we've already gone over

and paste those in now these comparisons

are going to return boolean switch our

true/false values we'll be learning more

about boolean in a future video when we

go over conditionals but we'll see them

here for the first time so let's say I

have two variables here and we'll just

call these two variables num1 and set

that equal to three and we'll do num2 is

equal to two so now let's run through

all of these comparisons so first let's

say that we wanted to check if these two

variables were equal so I could say num1

and you can see up here that the equals

comparison is double equals now you

don't want to use the single equals

because the single equals is this

assignment here so the double equals is

comparison a single equals as assignment

so we want to compare his number 1 equal

to num2 and if we run that and we can

see that it returns false because those

two values are not equal now if I wanted

to check if they weren't equal then I

could use the exclamation point before

the equal sign here exclamation point

equals and if we run that that we can

see that we got true because these two

values are not equal now I can check if

num 1 is greater than num2 by using the

greater than sign so and save that and

run it and we can see that we got true

because num1 is 3 number 2 is 2 so 3 is

greater than 2 and if you wanted to

check less than then you can just use

the less than sign so if we run that you

can see we got false and you can also

use the equal signs with these as well

so if I want to check if this was

greater than or equal to and we could

run that we can see that it's true and

if we want to check less than or equal

to then we can use those as well and if

we print that we can see that we got


ok so now we're going to look at one

more thing I'm just going to delete

these in order to get some more room now

I will have these comments up on my

github page if you want to reference to

the arithmetic operators and the

comparisons that we just looked at okay

so in the last video we learned about

strings now it's possible that you have

something that looks like a number but

it could actually be a string so let's

look at a problem that we can run into

if that's the case and then we'll see

how to solve it so let's say that you

have some variables that look like

numbers so maybe we read these in from a

text file or got them from a website or

something like that so just to give an

example let's recreate our number one

but this time we're going to set these

equal and single quotes here we'll set

this to 100 and num2 we'll set equal to

inside single quotes 200 so I explicitly

set these equal to strings so it's

obvious to us that they're strings but

it might not be so obvious to us if we

got these values from somewhere else so

now let's say that we want to add these

values together so if I was to say print

num1 plus num2 and if we run this then

we can see that this isn't the result

that we thought it would be now if you

remember from our string video when we

add strings together it just

concatenates those together so this is

what we would expect with strings but

with numbers we would expect this to be

300 so in order to turn these into

integers we're going to have to do

something called casting and casting is

super easy and Python so to cast these

values from string to integers then

we'll just add a couple lines here and I

will copy these and we'll just say that

num1 equals

int num1 so we just casted that to an

integer and we can do the same thing

here with num2 so now if we save that

and run it and we can see that we got

three hundred so if you have an integer

that's actually a string and you want to

cast that to an integer then you can

wrap that string in this int function or

this int class here to create an integer

okay so I think that is going to do it

for this video I hope that now you feel

comfortable working with integers and


point values and in the next video we'll

be learning about lists sets and tuples

which basically allow us to hold

sequences of data and is extremely

useful to learn how to use properly but

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