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11.4 When to Use a Function

When to Use a Function

When you receive a complicated programming problem with multiple steps, it’s a good idea to break that problem down into parts, and code those parts individually. This way, you can see which part(s) need to be fixed when your code has bugs.

Another scenario when you might want to use a function is when a certain task is repeated multiple times and cannot be modeled using loops. For instance, let’s say you're tasked with making a program that simulates a day in someone’s life. Many activities repeat in a day such as brushing your teeth. Using functions means that for those activities that repeat, only a call to a function is needed each time.

For example:

def brush_teeth():
	# put toothpaste on brush
	# move brush across teeth

day_simulation program:

# wake up
# brush teeth
# eat breakfast
# workout
# study
# eat lunch
# brush teeth
# play videogames
# eat dinner
# brush teeth

Do you see how we only have to write the program for brushing teeth once, and then we can use that.

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