# Re: [Tutor] New to Python, Already Confused

```You should probably convert scores to ints on input.  At any rate,
here is your problem:```
```
low_tscore = min(tscore1,tscore2,tscore3,tscore4,tscore5)

You need to convert tscore1, etc. to ints, otherwise min will give
lexical comparison (alphabetic order), not numeric order

On Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 7:01 PM, Gampper, Terry <tgamp...@mccneb.edu> wrote:
> Hello
> I started my journey with Python last week and find it to be an easy-to-learn
> language. I am currently teaching introduction to computer programming. One
> of the assignments we are working on involves an instructor giving a series
> of 5 tests, and the lowest score is dropped, then calculating the percent.
> Here is my attempt at coding:
>
> name = input("Enter Student's Name: " )
> tscore1 = input ("Enter test score 1: ")
> tscore2 = input ("Enter test score 2: ")
> tscore3 = input ("Enter test score 3: ")
> tscore4 = input ("Enter test score 4: ")
> tscore5 = input ("Enter test score 5: ")
> total_tscore = int(tscore1) + int(tscore2) + int(tscore3) + int(tscore4) +
> int(tscore5)
> low_tscore = min(tscore1,tscore2,tscore3,tscore4,tscore5)
> adjusted_tscore = int(total_tscore) - int(low_tscore)
> percent = int(adjusted_tscore/400*100)
> print("The sum of the 5 tests is",total_tscore)
> print("The lowest test score is thrown out",low_tscore)
> print("Student",name, "has a score of",percent, "percent")
>
> I ran the program several times using random numbers and I found that the
> results were not consistent. Here are a couple of runs:
>
> ============ RESTART: /Users/tgampper/Documents/Python/assign2.py ============
> Enter Student's Name: Joe
> Enter test score 1: 78
> Enter test score 2: 89
> Enter test score 3: 90
> Enter test score 4: 78
> Enter test score 5: 99
> The sum of the 5 tests is 434
> The lowest test score is thrown out 78
> The adjusted score is 356
> Student Joe has a score of 89 percent
>>>>
> ============ RESTART: /Users/tgampper/Documents/Python/assign2.py ============
> Enter Student's Name: Sally
> Enter test score 1: 78
> Enter test score 2: 89
> Enter test score 3: 90
> Enter test score 4: 78
> Enter test score 5: 100
> The sum of the 5 tests is 435
> The lowest test score is thrown out 100
> The adjusted score is 335
> Student Sally has a score of 83 percent
>>>>
>
> Notice the scores for test 5 for each student. My conclusion is that if the
> score is <100, the lowest score is properly displayed, but if the score is
> >=100, then the lowest score is equal to the highest score. Doesn't make
> sense to me. Do you have any ideas? Thanks!
> --
> Terry Gampper
> Adjunct INFO Instructor
> Metropolitan Community College, Omaha NE
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