DEV Community

loading...

Data Types and Mathematical Operations in Python

shaheryaryousaf profile image Shaheryar Updated on ・2 min read

Today we are going to see the following topics in python.

  • Data Types
  • Type Check
  • Type Conversion
  • Mathematical Operations

Data Types

In python, we have 4 types of data we usually refer to them as data types.

1. Strings

It is just a string of characters, and when we create it we have to put them in double quotes. example:

print("Hello world")
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

We can also get a specific element from a string by passing its index in [], this method is called subscript.
An example is below:

name = "John"
print(name[2]) 

# The out will be "h"
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

Always remember, indexes in python start with 0.

We can also check the length of a string by using len() function. An example is below:

name = "john"
print(len(name))

# The output will be "4"
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

len() only works with strings.

2. Integer

Integers are just whole numbers, and we don't need to put them in double quotes.
Example:

age = 24
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

3. Float

Integers are just decimals numbers, and we don't need to put them in double quotes.
Example:

bill = 124.5
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

We can also determine the number of decimals by using the round() function.

For example, our bill is "99.22425" and we want to display only 2 decimal numbers, we can do that in the following way.

bill = 99.22425
print(round(bill, 2))

# The output will be "99.22"
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

First we have to add the decimal value, and then the number of decimals we want.

4. Boolean

It is a simple data type and we define it by True and False.

It is mostly used to check the authenticity of conditions and logic in code.

Type Check

We can check the data types by using type() function.

print(type("Hello World"))
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

Type Conversion

We can convert data types of values by using some default python functions.

We need to convert data type in certain cases. For example, if we want to concatenate the age and name of any person. It won't happen unless both data types are "string", because we can only concatenate strings. For this, we have to change the data type of age from integer to a string.

int() function is used to change the data type to integer.
str() function is used to change the data type to string.
float() function is used to change the data type to floating numbers (with decimals).
Enter fullscreen mode Exit fullscreen mode

Mathematical operations

We can mathematical operations in python by using normal math symbols.

  • "+" for addition
  • "-" for substraction
  • "*" for multiplication
  • "/" for division
  • "**" for exponent (power of any number)

Mathematical operations are work according to "PEMDAS" rule. This means they'll perform in the following sequence:

  • Parentheses (first)
  • Exponents (second)
  • Multiplication (third)
  • Division (forth)
  • Addition (fifth)
  • Subtraction (last)

We can't perform a mathematical operation on strings and booleans.

Discussion (0)

pic
Editor guide