## Mal.bengt 2 years ago HI - I'm very new to computer programming and I cant even get through Problem set 1 by looking at the solution that is provided! why is it that when I enter minMonthlyPaymentRate it's gives me syntax error? i guess it makes sense cause it's not correct per say, but that's how they do it according to the solution. please help:)

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1. Kidneys

you may be missing ' ' give me an example of what you have written

2. Mal.bengt

minMonthlyPaymentRate = float(raw_input("enter minimum monthly payment rate")

3. Mal.bengt

it's just giving a syntax error message for the left side of the equal sign

4. Kidneys

== the product is equal to. give this a try..how mine is written

5. bdean20

You may also be missing a close bracket at the end of that line (note: brackets are also called parenthesis). The easiest way for us to figure out a problem you're having is to post all of the code here (make sure that the spacing is right!). It also helps to see the specific error python gave you.

6. Kidneys

##heres how i figured this out..very unorthodox and kinda cheating but it works:: x=float(raw_input('Outstanding balance:')) y=float(raw_input('Monthly interest rate:')) if x*y % 95.83: print 'Minimum monthly payment: 95.83' this is only what i did playing around with the idea..not really what should happen!!!!

7. Kidneys

original_balance = float(raw_input("Enter the outstanding balance on your credit card: ")) interest_rate = float(raw_input("Enter the annual credit card interest rate as a decimal: ")) balance = original_balance low_payment = balance/12 high_payment = (balance*(1+(interest_rate/12))**12)/12 while True: balance = original_balance monthly_payment = (low_payment + high_payment)/2 for month in range(1,13): interest = round(balance*interest_rate/12, 2) balance += interest - monthly_payment if balance <= 0: break if (high_payment - low_payment < 0.005): print "RESULT" monthly_payment = round(monthly_payment + 0.004999, 2) print "Monthly payment to pay off debt in 1 year:", round(monthly_payment,2) balance = original_balance for month in range(1,13): interest = round(balance*interest_rate/12, 2) balance += interest - monthly_payment if balance <= 0: break print "Number of months needed:", month print "Balance:", round(balance,2) break elif balance < 0: high_payment = monthly_payment else: low_payment = monthly_payment If completed correctly this is how the script should look.

8. bwCA

please use a code pasting site - it makes it easier for everyone to refer to it (don't forget to enable syntax highlighting) http://dpaste.com http://pastebin.com (there are others) http://www.pythontutor.com/ is a good debugging tool

9. bwCA

@Mal.bengt you are definitely missing a closing paren in that line you posted