A named location in the computer’s memory that you can use to store a value to and read values from.
In this example, we create a named variable
account_balance and assign it a starting value of
100. We can then access that value any place where we might have used the number 100 previously, such as in the scroll() command.
from microbit import * account_balance = 100 display.scroll( account_balance )
One golden rule with assigning variable values in Python is that the name of the target variable we want to place a value in must be on the left side of the equal sign. The value we want to place, or something to calculate a value, must go on the right.
To illustrate this,
from microbit import * weeks = 3 weekly_allowance = 200 account_balance = weeks * weekly_allowance display.scroll( account_balance )
How will the following program change the value of
n as it runs? What will be output to the display?
from microbit import * n = 0 while n < 100: n = n + 1 display.scroll(n) display.scroll("bye")
We can perform a range of arithmetic operations on variables using the following operators:
An example using subtraction and multiplication follow…
from microbit import * n = 0 while n < 100: n = n + 1 if button_a.was_pressed(): n = n - 10 if button_b.was_pressed(): n = n * 2 display.scroll(n)
While learning about numbers, it can be handy for Microbit games to know how to generate a random number.
Firstly import the
random library as it is not part of default Python.
from microbit import * import random
Then to ask for a random number between 0 and 99, to be saved into a variable called
num, the code would look like
num = random.randint(0,99)
So we can add this to our previous program…
from microbit import * import random n = 0 while n < 100: n = n + 1 if button_a.was_pressed(): n = n - 10 if button_b.was_pressed(): n = n * 2 if pin0.is_touched(): n = random.randint(0,99) display.scroll(n)
Not in the video, but a useful thing for programmers to know about: The modulus. Effectively it is “the remainder” from a divison. For instance, if calculated 14 divided by 5, the answer would be 2 with 4 left over as remainder. In Python we can do this in two steps. To perform the division with the whole number of 5s that would go into 14, it would be
14 // 5 to return
2, and to find out the remainder that would look like
14 % 5 which would return a value of
from microbit import * n = 0 while True: if button_a.was_pressed(): n = n + 1 if button_b.was_pressed(): n = n - 1 column = n % 5 row = n // 5 display.clear() display.set_pixel(column, row, 9)