*# definition of subclass 1* class Student(Person): def __init__(self, student_name, student_age): Person.__init__(self, student_name, student_age) *# definition of subclass 2* class Student(Person): def __init__(self, student_name, student_age): super().__init__(student_name, student_age)
self always needs to be passed into a method so that the method can actually access and make changes to the class properties. Self is effectively the representative for the class inside of itself, and so you cannot ‘inherit’
self from another class, as you want it to refer to itself. As
super() is used to inherit properties and methods from the parent class, you don’t want to inherit the parent class’
self, therefore it is not contained within the
For a quick analogy, you inherit certain things from your parents when you are born, however you cannot inherit their “existence” so to speak. You are independent individuals, and so even if you inherit a bunch of attributes from them like hair colour and eye colour, you don’t ‘inherit’ being a living person, as you just are!