From the code below:

def average(numbers):

total = float (sum(numbers))

return total/len(numbers)

So why did “total” have a be a float?

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From the code below:

def average(numbers):

total = float (sum(numbers))

return total/len(numbers)

So why did “total” have a be a float?

`<do not remove the three backticks above>`

Total needed to be a float so you would end with a decimal number.

If you did plain integer operations, `5 / 2`

would be `2`

.

Using (Float operation) `5.0 / 2`

would give the intended answer, `2.5`

.

To divide two integers and end up with a float, you must first use float() to convert one of the integers to a float. So, here the total is converted into float