Exercise 3.1: Variance

This code works correctly, I just don't understand why it works.

for def grades_variance(scores), why does it work when scores is not defined as a list (as opposed to grades). Please help explain.

```
grades = [100, 100, 90, 40, 80, 100, 85, 70, 90, 65, 90, 85, 50.5]
def print_grades(grades):
for grade in grades:
print grade
def grades_sum(grades):
total = 0
for grade in grades:
total += grade
return total
def grades_average(grades):
sum_of_grades = grades_sum(grades)
average = sum_of_grades / float(len(grades))
return average
def grades_variance(scores):
average = grades_average(scores)
variance = 0
for score in scores:
variance += (average - score) ** 2
return variance / len(scores)
print grades_variance(grades)
```