Expressions and Variables 3

Calculate a total biomass in grams for 3 White-throated Woodrats (Neotoma albigula) and then convert it to kilograms. The total biomass is simply the sum of the biomass of all individuals, but in this case we only know that the average size of a single individual is 250 grams.

a. Add a new section to your Python file starting with a comment. b. Create a variable grams and assign it the mass of a single Neotoma albigula. c. Create a variable number and assign it the number of individuals d. Create a variable biomass and assign it a value by multiplying the two variables together. e. Convert the value of biomass into kilograms (there are 1000 grams in a kilogram so divide by 1000) and assign this value to a new variable. f. Print the final answer to the screen.

Are the variable names grams, number, and biomass the best choice? If we came back to the code for this assignment in two weeks (without the assignment itself in hand) would we be able to remember what these variables were referring to and therefore what was going on in the code? The variable name biomass is also kind of long. If we had to type it several times it would be faster just to type b. We could also use really descriptive alternatives like individual_mass_in_grams. Or we would compromise and abbreviate this or leave out some of the words to make it shorter (e.g., indiv_mass_g). Think about this and then rename the variables in your program in whatever you think is most useful.