Python Programming

Control flow statements

It is important to make decisions in programming about how your code will be looked at. You may need to be selective, iterative or repetitive with the code statements. Python provides us some control flow statements as mentioned below to do this task. a) if-elif-else ladder to make decisions b) for loop for iteration and repetition c) while loop for selective repetition

In addition to this it also offers some keywords like break, continue, pass for further control.

if-else condition

For decision making if-else condition is the option python provides. To understand it's importance let us look at the example below:

# Example: Voter application validation
age = int(input("Dear applicant, please enter your age: "))
if age>18:
    print("Your application is accepted.")
    print("You are underage now. Please come back later.")

In this example the program control does not flow over both the print statements. The selection here is based on a Boolean condition following if keyword. If the condition outcome is True it selects the statement under 'if block' otherwise under 'else block'. The same would have been very difficult without it.

Furthermore, if more such conditions participate in the selection process the keyword use is elif, which is like 'else if'.


if Boolean_condition:
    True statement
elif Boolean_condition:
    True statement
elif Boolean_condition:
    True statement
    False statement
Note: else nevers takes a condition and is not compulsory in the above decision making ladder.

Ternary operator: A one-liner shortcut to if-else condition


if-else: True if condition else False
if-elif-else: True_for_if if cond1 else True_for_elif if cond2 else False

# Example: Equilateral triangle
sideA, sideB, sideC = -3,-3,-3
if sideA == sideB == sideC and sideA>0:
    print("It is equilateral")
    print("Not an equilateral")

# Same code with ternary operatot
print("It is equilateral") if sideA == sideB == sideC and sideA>0 else print("Not an equilateral")

for loop

for loop servers two important purposes:

a) repeated execution of a code block
b) iteration over sequence


for i in range(3):
    print("Line 1")
    print("Line 2")
Line 1
Line 2
Line 1
Line 2
Line 1
Line 2
for i in "hello":

Deep-dive into for loop

  1. 'for' is a keyword to define 'for loop'.
  2. 'i' is just a variable name which can be replaced with any other varibale not defined in the same scope.
  3. 'in' is another keyword and membership operator which returns True if the operand is present in the sequence, otherwise it return False.
  4. Last part in the 'for loop' definition is a sequence object like string, list or tuple. range() function also defines a sequence object.

Syntax: range(start=0,end=len(sequence),step=1)



while loop

It repeats over the code block as long as entry condition is True Example

n = 5
i = 0
while i<n:
    print(i,"Hello world")
    i += 1
0 Hello world
1 Hello world
2 Hello world
3 Hello world
4 Hello world
# Sometimes entry condition can be replaced by True to make an infinite loop
while True:
    print("Infinite loop")

Loop keywords: break and continue

break : It use used to break the loop at any given condition. As a result, the program control comes out of the loop. In case of nested loop break breaks only the innermost loop.

continue : It skips the current iteration of loop and rejoins from the next iteration. The program control does not leave the loop here, it merely skips the current iteration.

for i in "Python":
    if i=="t":
for i in "Python":
    if i in "aeiou":

pass is another keyword that makes no direct change to program control but can be used in place of no definition.

for i in "Python":

pass can also be used outside loop but not break and continue


Practice Questions

1. Write a program to find if a given number is Even or Odd.

def isEvenOdd(number):
    if number%2==0:
        return "Even"
        return "Odd"

2. Write a program to check if a given number is divisible by 7 or 11.

def isDivisible(number):
    if number%7==0 or number%11==0:
        return True
        return False

3. Write a program to find the largest of three numbers.

def largestOfThree(a,b,c):
    if a>=b and a>=c:
        return a
    elif b>=a and b>=c:
        return b
        return c

4. Write a program to find the grade of a student.

def studentGrade(marks):
    if marks>=70:
        return "First class distinction"
    elif marks>=60:
        return "First class"
    elif marks>=50:
        return "Second class"
    elif marks>=35:
        return "Third class"
        return "Fail"

5. Write a program to print numbers from 1 to 100, but replace the number with "fizz" if it is divisible by 3 and by "buzz" if it is divisible by 4 and "fizzbuzz" if it is divisible by both.

def fizzbuzz():
    for i in range(1,101):
        if i%3==0 and i%5==0:
        elif i%3==0:
        elif i%5==0:
# one liner answer for fizz buzz
for i in range(1,101): print("fizzbuzz") if i%3==0 and i%5==0 else print("fizz") if i%3==0 else print("buzz") if i%5==0 else print(i)

6. Write a program to find the count of vowels in a given country name.

def countVowels(name):
    count = 0
    for i in name:
        if i in "aeiouAEIOU":
            count += 1
    return count

7. Write a program to delete vowels from a given string.

def deleteVowels(str1):
    str2 = ""
    for i in str1:
        if i in "aeiouAEIOU":
        str2 += i
    return str2

8. Write a program to print the sqaures of two upto a given number.

def twoSquares(number):
    i = 1
    while i<=number:
        i += 1

9. Write a program to break the string on first vowel.

def firstVowel(str1):
    str2 = ""
    for i in str1:
        if i in "aeiouAEIOU":
        str2 += i
    return str2

10. Brain teaser: Car Puzzle

Consider all four digit car numbers of which one number is True on all the below conditions:

a) Last digit is double the first digit, like 1--2
b) Last two digits are double the first two, like 1122
c) Middle digits are same, like -11-

Find the number.

for i in  range(1000,10000):
    if i%10 == 2*(i//1000) and i%100 == 2*(i//100) and i//100%10 == i%100//10:
        print("The car number is", i)