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# Week_4_Functions_1 - CMPT120 J. Ye Functions (I) ( Week 4 )...

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CMPT120 J. Ye Functions (I) ( Week 4 ) What is a function? Calling functions Define your own functions The advantages of functions CMPT120 J. Ye 1 What is a Function? Functions 2 In computer programming, a function may also be called: routine subroutine method (in Java) procedure It is a pre-made, self-contained set of instructions that could be used in programs Python has many built-in (already defined) functions that we can use when we write programs. We have seen print , type , input , range , len , str , etc. (Did you notice all these built-in function names appear in purple color when used?)

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CMPT120 J. Ye A function may have arguments (input to the function) and return value (output from the function) 3 What is a Function? (cont) Functions FUNCTION f arguments (input) return value (output) “Scarlett” Return values are often assigned to a variable , e.g.: length = len( ) argument (input to len) assigns return value which is 8 to the variable length The concept of functions in programming is similar to that in mathematics For both mathematical function f(x) & f(x) in programming : f is the function name; x is the argument passed into function f ; x is a variable representing any possible value that f can take Return value is the calculated function value using x Function f can take more than one arguments, e.g. f(x, y) f(x) = 2x and f(x) = 3x-1 are two different functions. If both functions appear in the same math problem, or computer program, you have to name the second function g to avoid confusion You can use variable x as the argument of both f and g even when f and g appear in the same math problem, or computer program 4 What is a Function? (cont) Functions
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## This note was uploaded on 08/28/2011 for the course CMPT 125 taught by Professor Diana during the Spring '08 term at Simon Fraser.

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Week_4_Functions_1 - CMPT120 J. Ye Functions (I) ( Week 4 )...

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