CS 271: Module 1: Python Basics Part 1

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  • Arithmetic expressions in python work just as they do in in Java or C++. So the +, -, /, and * operators do just what they did before. The only new one is a**b which means raise a to the bth power
  • Variables also are assigned with =, but types are not specified when defining them. Instead, they are inferred at runtime. For instance, any time two numbers are divided, the result is always cast as a float
  • To see what type a variable currently is, write type(variable)