Python Numbers

Updated: Aug 18, 2020

Numbers in Python

Data types that store numeric values are called Numbers.

If you change the value of a number data type, this results in a newly allocated object. you can call numbers immutable.

We can simply create a number object by assigning some value to a variable. we can manipulate them as shown in the below example.

  • Note that variable names should be small letters

  • Should not be a Python keyword.

  • Cannot start with a number

  • No spaces allowed in the name. Use _ instead

Python is a dynamically typed language i.e. we can re-assign values to different data types.

Whereas in the case of other languages, a variable can only have a value of its declared type. What I mean here is if let's say a variable is of type string, then you can assign only str type values to it and it will give an error when a number is assigned.

But Python is flexible, you don't need to worry about this in Python.

Below is the example


x = 5
y = 6
print("The product of two number is " , x * y)
print("The sum of two number is " , x * y)
print("The division of two number is " , x / y)
print("The minus of two number is " , x - y)
print("The modulus of two number is " , x % y)


The product of two number is 30
The sum of two number is 30
The division of two number is 0.8333333333333334
The minus of two number is -1
The modulus of two number is 5


1. What's the difference between floating point and an integer?
An integer has no decimals in it, a floating point number can display digits past the decimal point.

2. Why doesn't 0.1+0.2-0.3 equal 0.0 ?
This has to do with floating point accuracy and computer's abilities to represent numbers in memory. For a full breakdown, check out:

Know the data type of a variable

As Python is dynamically typed, it may be helpful to know the variable datatype holding a value. This can be done by using the "type" keyword.


# To know the variable type value

a = 1
b = 2.20
c = True
d = "Hello There"


<class 'int'>
<class 'float'>
<class 'bool'>
<class 'str'>

We will learn about the string data type in the next article.


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