# It's Okay To Be Average, but not to return

#1

So I'm stuck on "It's Okay To Be Average", but for some reason, it throws the error

File "python", line 24
^
SyntaxError: invalid syntax

Whenever I run the code. I don't get why, as I am using the correct syntax to return the variable, as far as I know, since I've used it before and it never threw an error. Maybe it's how I tried to simplify the code by setting total directly to the average, but it was the only way I could figure to do it.

``````lloyd = {
"name": "Lloyd",
"homework": [90.0, 97.0, 75.0, 92.0],
"quizzes": [88.0, 40.0, 94.0],
"tests": [75.0, 90.0]
}
alice = {
"name": "Alice",
"homework": [100.0, 92.0, 98.0, 100.0],
"quizzes": [82.0, 83.0, 91.0],
"tests": [89.0, 97.0]
}
tyler = {
"name": "Tyler",
"homework": [0.0, 87.0, 75.0, 22.0],
"quizzes": [0.0, 75.0, 78.0],
"tests": [100.0, 100.0]
}

average(numbers)
{
total: float(sum(numbers)) / len(numbers)
}``````

#2

The `return total` error is a bit misleading. It's not actually the problem here.

First, you have to make sure you're using the correct syntax to define the `average` function, and then also make sure you're using the correct syntax to set the `total` variable.

#3

Hmm, so it's throwing the wrong error? If so, do you know what the right error would be?

#4

If you remove the `return total` line temporarily, that should give you a different, more accurate error.

#5

Hi there,
You use wrong syntax. Your code:

Should be:
def average(numbers):
total = sum(numbers)
total = float(total) / len(numbers)

#6

This is my code. I am getting this error : " File "python", line 32
return: 0.1 * average(student["homework"]) + \ 0.3 * average(student["quizzes"]) + \ 0.6 * average(student["tests"])
^
SyntaxError: invalid syntax"

Why?

lloyd = {
"name": "Lloyd",
"homework": [90.0, 97.0, 75.0, 92.0],
"quizzes": [88.0, 40.0, 94.0],
"tests": [75.0, 90.0]
}
alice = {
"name": "Alice",
"homework": [100.0, 92.0, 98.0, 100.0],
"quizzes": [82.0, 83.0, 91.0],
"tests": [89.0, 97.0]
}
tyler = {
"name": "Tyler",
"homework": [0.0, 87.0, 75.0, 22.0],
"quizzes": [0.0, 75.0, 78.0],
"tests": [100.0, 100.0]
}

def average(numbers):
total = sum(numbers)
total = float(total)
total = total / len(numbers)
``````def get_average(student):