The working with Functions article is dedicated to class 12 computer science of CBSE schools students. Functions are a very important part of Python programming.
Introduction to working with functions
Large programs need to be divided into smaller units. A function is a small unit of a program. It consists of different functions. A function has a few statements and instructions written in its body.
For example, if A school is organizing an Annual Day function which is a combination of some cultural programs and events. Here we can consider all the cultural programs and events as a function.
These functions will be executed on the Annual day in a specific order. In a similar way, it does for the Python program.
A function is a small unit of a program that processes the data and often returns a value.
The need for functions (working with functions)
- Easy program handling
- Reduce the size of the program
- Reduce the repeated statements
- Ambiguity can be reduced
- Make the program more readable and understandable
How to create a function in Python?
To create a function in Python consider the following parts of a function:
Parts of Function
|Function Header||Always starts with the “def” keyword followed by the function name and its parameters, ends with a colon (:)|
|Parameters||Variablessupplied in brackets of the function header|
|Function Body||Block of statements/instructions that define the action performed by the function, indentation must be followed|
|Indentation||White space at the beginning of every statement with the same block|
|Function Calling||writing function name including parameter values|
The following five basic steps are used to create and invoke a function.
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After writing the function it must be invoked through calling by following these steps:
- Save a program and click run or press the F5 button
- Now interactive mode will appear with the message RESTART ……
- Write a function call statement as shown in the below image
- A function call statement is just like a function name with required parameters
- Press enter and supply input as per requirements
Structure of Python Program
A Python program is a set of a few statements and blocks. A Python program may have the following:
- Physical line structure: A Python program is divided into no. of logical lines, the logical line is created from one or more physical lines
- Joining two lines: A logical line can be broken into two or more physical lines using a backslash ()
- Multiple statements on a single line: Semicolon (;) is used to write multiple statements on a single line
- The top-level statement or _main_: Unindented statements
- Comments: Begins with a hash symbol (#), python interpreter ignores them, multi-line comments will be written in “”” (triple-double quotes).
- Indentation: White spaces used at the beginning of every line. The indented part is known as one block.
The flow of Execution in the Function call
- A function in the python program is called by a function call statement
- To call a function, write the function name followed by parameter values in brackets
- A block of statements executed in the execution frame
- When a function is called, an execution frame is created and controls the transfer
- Within the execution frame, the statements written in the function body are executed and return a value or execute the last statement
- Python follows top to bottom approach for executing program
- Comments are ignored in the execution
- If Python notices a function definition with a def statement it just executes the function header line and skips all statements in the function body these statements execute when a function will be called
Let’s start with an understanding of the Python flow of execution in the function calls.
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Follow this link for the next lecture on function. The topics covered in these notes are:
- Python Function Types
- User Defined Functions
- Parameter and Arguments
- Rules for combining three types of arguments
- Returning Values
- Scope of Variable
- Mutable Immutable of Arguments and Parameter & Function Calls
Working with functions in Python class 12 solutions
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FAQs on Working with functions
What are the functions in Python Class 12?
Functions in python Class 12 are the most important part of python programs. They are a set of instructions to be executed to fulfil the user’s tasks.
What are the types of functions in Python?
There are two types of functions in Python:
1. Built-in functions – Functions available in the inbuilt library of Python site-packages
2. User Defined functions – Functions Created by users
How do you write a function in Python 3?
To write a function in Python 3, use the def keyword followed by function name and parameters separated by commas.
Follow this syntax to write a function in Python 3:
What are Python built in functions?
Python built in functions are those functions which are stores in the Python path library directory.
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