# 5. Pull it Together (why can you change the input agruments)

#1

Hi I was wondering if someone could explain to me why you can change the input arguments and it still work.We have said input agrument n but when you do the sum you have input a

``````def double(n):
return 2 * n
def triple(p):
return 3 * p

return double(a) + triple(b)``````

#2

@methodwhiz60433,
Maybe...

### the FUNCTION talk

``````def myFunc( param1, param2):
# Begin of =myFunc= FUNCTION-BODY
# this =myFunc= function- has 2 PARAMETERS param1 and param2
# param1 and param2 PARAMETERS are used
# as -local- VARIABLES throughout the =myFunc= FUNCTION-BODY
print( param1 + " and " + param2 )
#End of =myFunc= FUNCTION-BODY``````

If you want to call/execute the myFunc function
you will have to add a pair of parentheses to myFunc
like
myFunc()
As the myFunc function was defined
as having 2 parameters
you have to provide 2 arguments
in our case 2 string VALUES "Alena" and "Lauren"
like
myFunc("Alena","Lauren")

some quotes from the outer-world:

**argument is the value/variable/reference being passed in,
parameter is the receiving variable used within the function/block**

OR

**"parameters" are called "formal parameters",
while "arguments" are called "actual parameters".**

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
++++ function with 1 parameter using return-statement

``````def myFunction( param1 ):
# //Begin of =myFunction= FUNCTION-BODY
# //=myFunction= function has 1 PARAMETER param1
# //this param1 PARAMETER is used as a -local- VARIABLE
# //throughout the =myFunction= FUNCTION-BODY
return param1;
# //End of FUNCTION-BODY``````

You have defined a myFunction function
which takes 1 parameter param1
this param1 parameter is used
as a variable throughout the =myFunction= FUNCTION-BODY.

If you want to call/execute this myFunction function
and this myFunction function was defined
as having 1 parameter param1
you will have to provide 1 argument
in our case a "number VALUE" 4
myFunction( 4 )

some quotes from the outer-world:

**argument is the value/variable/reference being passed in,
parameter is the receiving variable used within the function/block**

OR

**"parameters" are called "formal parameters",
while "arguments" are called "actual parameters".**

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As you are using the return-statement in your myFunction function
you will only get a return-value no-display.
You can however capture this return-value in a variable
and then use the print-method to do a display.

``````theResult = myFunction( 4 )
print theResult``````

OR directly

``print myFunction( 4 )``