Chapter 5.2 Loops - Exam Problems

In the previous chapter we learned how to run a command block more than once. That's why we implemented for loop and covered some of its main applications. Our task in the current chapter is to hone our knowledge by solving a couple of more complex problems with loops, which appear in exams. For some of them we’ll show detailed solved examples, while for others there’ll be tips only. Before we begin, we’ll recall the for loop construction:

for loops consist of:

  • Initialization block, where the variable-counter (i) is declared, and with the help of the range(…) function built into Python, we define what its starting and ending value will be.
  • Updating the counter – we implement it as a third parameter in the range(…) function, and it shows with how many steps the variable-counter should be updated.
  • Loop body - it has a random block full of source code.

Exam Problems

Let’s solve a couple of problems with loops in SoftUni’s exams.

Problem: Histogram

We’re given n-count integers in range [1 … 1000]. A percent of them, p1, are under 200, p2 percent are between 200 and 399, p3 percent are between 400 and 599, p4 percent are between 600 and 799, and the remaining p5 percent begin at 800. Write a program that calculates and prints the percentages p1, p2, p3, p4 and p5.

Example: we have n = 20 integers: 53, 7, 56, 180, 450, 920, 12, 7, 150, 250, 680, 2, 600, 200, 800, 799, 199, 46, 128, 65. We get the following distribution and visualization:

Group Numbers Number count Percentage
< 200 53, 7, 56, 180, 12, 7, 150, 2, 199, 46, 128, 65 12 p1 = 12 / 20 * 100 = 60.00%
200 … 399 250, 200 2 p2 = 2 / 20 * 100 = 10.00%
400 … 599 450 1 p3 = 1 / 20 * 100 = 5.00%
600 … 799 680, 600, 799 3 p4 = 3 / 20 * 100 = 15.00%
≥ 800 920, 800 2 p5 = 2 / 20 * 100 = 10.00%

Input Data

On the first line of the input is an integer n ( 1 <= n <= 1000 ), which stands for the number of lines with numbers, which will be given to us. On the next n lines there is one integer in range [1 … 1000] – the numbers that the histogram will be based on.

Output Data

In the console, print a histogram of 5 lines, each of them containing a number between 0% and 100%, formatted with two-digit precision after the decimal point (for example, 25.00%, 66.67%, 57.14%).

Sample Input and Output

Input Output Input Output
3
1
2
999
66.67%
0.00%
0.00%
0.00%
33.33%
4
53
7
56
999
75.00%
0.00%
0.00%
0.00%
25.00%
Input Output Input Output
7
800
801
250
199
399
599
799
14.29%
28.57%
14.29%
14.29%
28.57%
9
367
99
200
799
999
333
555
111
9
33.33%
33.33%
11.11%
11.11%
11.11%
Input Output
14
53
7
56
180
450
920
12
7
150
250
680
2
600
200
57.14%
14.29%
7.14%
14.29%
7.14%

Hints and Guidelines

The program that solves this problem can be divided theoretically into three parts:

  • Reading the input data – in the current problem, this means reading the integer n, followed by a count of n integers, each on a new line.
  • Processing The Input Data – in this case, this means dividing the numbers in groups and calculating the division percentage by those groups.
  • Outputting the final result – printing the histogram in the console, in the given format.

Processing The Input Data

Before we transition to the real reading of the input, we have to declare our variables, in which the data will be stored:

We declare variables p1_percentage, p2_percentage, etc., in which we’ll store the percentages, as well as cnt_p1, cnt_p2, etc., in which we’ll keep the count of numbers for the respective group.

After we’ve declared the needed variables, we can move on to reading the number n from the console:

Processing The Output Data

In order to read and assign each number to its respective group, we’ll use a for-loop from 0 to n (the count of the numbers). Each iteration of the cycle will read and assign only one number (current_number) to its respective group. So that we can decide if a selected number belongs to a group, we check its range. If it passes, we increase the count of this group’s numbers (cnt_p1, cnt_p2, etc.) by 1:

After we’ve found out how many numbers there are in each group, we can move on to calculating the percentages, which is also the main part of the problem. We’ll use the following formula:

(Group percentage) = (Group number count) * 100 / (Count of all numbers)

It doesn’t matter whether we’ll divide by 100 (an integer type), or 100.0(a float type), since the division will take place and the result will be saved to the variable. Example: 5 / 2 = 2.5, and 5 / 2.0 = 2.5. In Python 3, there’s no difference whether we’ll be dividing by an integer or a real number - if the result is a real number itself, then it will be saved in the variable as a floating-point number. But in Python 2.7 we have to convert the numbers to a float type, in order to get the correct result – a real number. Having that in mind, the first variable’s formula will look like this:

To better understand what’s happening, let’s look at the following example:

Input Output
3
1
2
999
66.67%
0.00%
0.00%
0.00%
33.33%

In this case, n = 3. The cycle consists of:

  • i = 0 - we read the number 1, which is lower than 200 and belongs to the first group, thus increasing the counter of the number (cnt_p1) by 1.
  • i = 1 – we read the number 2, which, again, belongs to the first group and we increase the group’s counter(cnt_p1) by 1.
  • i = 2 – we read the number 999, which belongs to the last group(p5), because it’s bigger than 800, and we increase its group counter (cnt_p5) by 1.

After reading the numbers, we have two of them in the first group, and we have only one in the last group. There are no numbers in the other groups. After we apply the aforementioned formula, we calculate the percentage of each group. It doesn’t matter whether we multiply by 100 or 100.0 – we’ll get the same result: the first group has 66.67%, and the last group – 33.33%. We have to mention that this is valid only for Python 3.

Printing The Final Result

The last step is to print the calculated results. In the problem’s description it’s said that the percentages have to be with 2-digit precision after the decimal point. To achieve this, we have to write .2f after the placeholder.

Testing in The Judge System

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Problem: Smart Lily

Lily is N years old. Each birthday she receives a gift. For her odd birthdays (1, 3, 5, …, n) she receives toys, and for each even birthday (2, 4, 6, …, n) she receives money. For her second birthday she receives 10.00 USD, and the sum increases by 10 USD with each following even birthday (2 -> 10, 4 -> 20, 6 -> 30, etc.). Lily has secretly been saving the money for years. Her brother, in the years when she receives money, takes 1.00 USD. Lily sold the toys received with the years, each for P USD and added the sum to the saved money. With them she wants to buy a washing machine for X USD. Write a program that calculates how much money she has saved and whether it's enough to buy a washing machine.

Input Data

3 numbers are read from the console, each on a new line:

  • Lily's ageinteger in range [1 … 77].
  • The price of the washing machine – a number in range [1.00 … 10 000.00].
  • The price of a single toyinteger in range [0 … 40].

Output Data

Print a single line in the console:

  • If Lily's money is enough:
    • "Yes! {N}" – where N are the remaining money after the purchase
  • If its not:
    • "No! {M}" – where M is the amount of money lacking
  • The numbers N and M should be formatted with 2-digit precision after the decimal point.

Sample Input and Output

Input Output Comments
10
170.00
6
Yes! 5.00

On the first birthday she receives a toy; Second -> 10 USD; 3rd -> toy; 4th -> 10 + 10 = 20 USD; 5th -> toy; 6th -> 20 + 10 = 30 USD; 7th -> toy; 8th -> 30 + 10 = 40 USD; 9th -> toy; 10th -> 40 + 10 = 50 USD
She has saved -> 10 + 20 + 30 + 40 + 50 = 150 USD. She has sold 5 toys by 6 USD = 30 USD.
Her brother took 1 USD for 5 years = 5 USD. Remaining money -> 150 + 30 – 5 = 175 USD. 175 >= 170 (washing machine's price) She has succeeded buying it and there remain 175-170 = 5 USD.

21
1570.98
3
No! 997.98

She has saved 550 USD. She's sold 11 toys by 3 USD each = 33 USD. Her brother has taken 1 USD for 10 years = 10 USD. There remain 550 + 33 – 10 = 573 USD.
573 < 1570.98She's failed buying a washing machine. She needs 1570.98–573 = 997.98 USD more.

Hints and Guidelines

Solving this problem, like the previous one, again can be divided in three parts – reading the input data, processing it and outputting a result.

As we already know, like in most scripting languages, in Python as well, we don't bother defining the types of the variables that we declare. The interpreter decides on its own what it'll be. For Lily's (age) and a single toy's price (present_price) in the problem's description it's said that they'll be integers. That's why we'll use the built-in function int() to convert the read value from string to integer. When the input() function is used, the input's value in the console is always (string), that's why if a conversion to another type is needed, we can use the built-in functions of Python for this problem. For the washing machine's price, (price_of_washing_machine), we know that it's a fractional number and we choose the float type. In the code below we declare and initialize (assign a value) to the variables:

In order to solve the problem, we'll need a couple of helper variables – for the toys' count (number_of_toys) for the saved money (saved_money) and for the money received on each birthday (money_for_birthday). We initially assign 10 to money_for_birthday, because in the description it's said that the first sum received by Lily is 10 USD:

With a for loop we go through each of Lily's birthdays. When the loop variable is an even number, it means that Lily has received money and we add them to her savings. At the same time, we subtract 1 USD - the money taken by her brother. After that we increase the value of the variable money_for_birthday, meaning we increase the sum with 10 for the next time she receives money for her birthday. Contrary, when the loop variable is an odd number, we increase the toys' count. Checking whether it's even or odd happens with a division with remainder (%) by 2 – when the remainder is 0, the number is even, and when the remainder's 1 - it's odd:

We add the money from the sold toys to Lily's savings:

At the end we print the results, taking in account the required formatting, meaning the sum has to be rounded to 2 digits after the decimal point:

In some programming languages there's a construction called conditional operator (?:) (also known as ternary operator), as it's shorter to write. It has the following syntax in Python: operand1 if operand2 else operand3. The second operand is our condition and it has to be of bool type (meaning it has to return true/false). If operand2 returns true, it'll execute operand1, and if it returns falseoperand3. In our case we check whether Lily's saved money is enough to buy a washing machine. If its higher or equal to its price, the check saved_money >= price_of_washing_machine will return true and it'll print "Yes! …", while if it's lower – the result will be false and "No! …" will be printed. Of course, instead of the ternary operator, we can use simple if expressions.

More about ternary operators: https://book.pythontips.com/en/latest/ternary_operators.html.

Testing in The Judge System

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Problem: Returning to The Past

Ivancho is 18 years old and receives an inheritance of X USD and a time-travelling machine. He decides to travel back to 1800, but he doesn't know whether the money is be enough to live without working. Write a program that calculates whether Ivancho will have enough money, so as to live without working until a given year, including the year itself. We accept that each even year (1800, 1802, etc.) he'll spend 12 000 dollars. For each odd year (1801, 1803, etc.) he'll spend 12 000 + 50 * [Ivancho's age in the given year].

Input Data

The input is read from the console and contains exactly 2 lines:

  • The inherited money – a real number in range [1.00 … 1 000 000.00].
  • The year until he has to live (inclusive) – real number in range [1801 … 1900].

Output Data

Print to the console 1 line. The sum has to be formatted with 2-digit precision after the decimal point:

  • If the money is enough:
    • "Yes! He will live a carefree life and will have {N} dollars left." – where N are the remaining money.
  • If the money is NOT enough:
    • "He will need {M} dollars to survive." – where M is the amount lacking.

Sample Input and Output

Input Output Explanation
50000
1802
Yes! He will live a carefree life and
will have 13050.00 dollars left.

1800 → even
        → Spends 12000 dollars
        → Left 50000 – 12000 = 38000
1801 → odd
        → Spends 12000 + 19*50 = 12950 dollars
        → Left 38000 – 12950 = 25050
1802 → even
        → Spends 12000 dollars
        → Left 25050 – 12000 = 13050

100000.15
1808
He will need 12399.85 dollars
to survive.

1800 → even
        → Left 100000.15 – 12000 = 88000.15
1801 → odd
        → Left 88000.15 – 12950 = 75050.15

1808 → even → -399.85 - 12000 = -12399.85
12399.85 lacking

Hints and Guidelines

The method of solving this problem isn't unlike the previous ones, so we begin by declaring and initializing the needed variables. In the problem's description it's said that Ivancho's age is 18, so we declare the variable years with the initial value 18. We read other variables from the console:

With the help of a for loop we loop through all years. We begin at 1800 – the year when Ivancho travels back in time, and we end at the year until he has to live. In the loop we check whether the current year is even or odd. We check it with division with remainder (%) by 2. If the year is even, from the inheritance (inheritance) we subtract 12000, while if it's odd, from the inheritance (inheritance) we subtract 12000 + 50 * (Ivancho's age):

At the end we print the results, and we do a check whether the inheritance (inheritance) has been enough for him to live without working or not. If the inheritance (inheritance) is a positive number, we print: "Yes! He will live a carefree life and will have {N} dollars left.", while if it's a negative number: "He will need {M} dollars to survive.". We don't forget to format the sum with 2-digit precision after the decimal point.

Hint: Think about using the function abs(…) when printing the output and the inheritance is not enough.

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Problem: Hospital

For a given amount of time, patients arrive for a checkup in the hospital every day. She initially has 7 doctors. Each of them can check one patient a day only, but sometimes there's a shortage of doctors, so the other patients are sent to other hospitals. Every third day the hospital calculates whether the count of patients that haven't been examined is higher than those that've been, and if so, an additional doctor is assigned. The assignment happens before the start of the day.

Write a program that calculates the count of treated and untreated patients for the given period.

Input Data

The input is read from the console and contains:

  • On the first line – the period for which we'll be calculating. Integer in range [1 … 1000].
  • On the following lines (equal to the number of days) – the count of patients that arrive for a checkup in the current day. Integer in range [0 … 10 000].

Output Data

Print to the console 2 lines:

  • On the first line: "Treated patients: {count of treated patients}."
  • On the second line: "Untreated patients: {count of untreated patients}."

Sample Input and Output

Input Output Explanation
4
7
27
9
1
Treated patients: 23.
Untreated patients: 21.

Day 1: 7 treated and 0 untreated patients for the day
Day 2: 7 treated and 20 untreated patients for the day
Day 3: Until now the treated patients are 14,
and the untreated – 20 –> A new doctor is assigned
–> 8 treated and 1 untreated patients for the day
Day 4: 1 treated and 0 untreated patients for the day
Total: 23 treated and 21 untreated patients.

Input Output
6
25
25
25
25
25
2
Treated patients: 40.
Untreated patients: 87.
3
7
7
7
Treated patients: 21.
Untreated patients: 0.

Hints and Guidelines

Again, we begin by declaring and initializing the needed variables. The period, for which we have to do our calculations, we read from the console and assign to the variable period. We'll need a couple of additional variables: the count of treated patients (treated_patients), the count of untreated patients (untreated_patients) and the count of doctors (count_of_doctors), which is initially 7:

With the help of the for loop we go through all days in the given period (period). For each day we read the number of patients from the console (current_patients). The addition of doctors is said in the problem's description to happen every third day, BUT only if the untreated patients' count is higher than the treated's count. That's why we check whether the day is a third one – with the arithmetic operator for division with remainder (%): day % 3 == 0.

Example:

  • If the day is a third one, the remainder of division by 3 will be 0 (3 % 3 = 0) and the check day % 3 == 0 will return true.
  • If the day is a second one, the remainder of division by 3 will be 2 (2 % 3 = 2) and the check will return false.
  • If the day is a fourth one, the remainder of the division will be 1 (4 % 3 = 1) and the check will again return false.

If the conditional check day % 3 == 0 returns true, there'll also be a check whether the count of untreated patients is higher than the treated's count: untreated_patients > treated_patients. If the result is again true, then the count of doctors (count_of_doctors) will increase.

After that we check whether the patients' count for the current day (current_patients) is higher than the doctors' count (count_of_doctors). If the patients' count is higher:

  • We increase the value of the variable treated_patients with the doctors' count (count_of_doctors).
  • We increase the value of the variable untreated_patients with the count of patients left, which we calculate by subtracting the doctors' count from the patients' count (current_patients - count_of_doctors).

If the patients' count is lower, we increase only the variable treated_patients with the current day's count of patients (current_patients):

At the end we only have to print the count of treated and untreated patients.

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Problem: Division Without Remainder

We're given n integers in range [1 … 1000]. A percentage of them, percent p1, are divided by 2 without remainder, percent p2 are divided by 3 without remainder, percent p3 are divided by 4 without remainder. Write a program that calculates and prints the percentages p1, p2 and p3. Example: we have n = 10 integers: 680, 2, 600, 200, 800, 799, 199, 46, 128, 65. We get the following distribution and visualization:

Division without remainder by: Numbers Count Percentage
2 680, 2, 600, 200, 800, 46, 128 7 p1 = (7 / 10) * 100 = 70.00%
3 600 1 p2 = (1 / 10) * 100 = 10.00%
4 680, 600, 200, 800, 128 5 p3 = (5 / 10) * 100 = 50.00%

Input Data

On the first line of the input stands the integer n (1 ≤ n ≤ 1000) – count of numbers. On the next n lines each stands a single integer in range [1 … 1000] – the numbers for which we'll check their divisors.

Output Data

Print to the console 3 lines, each of them containing a percentage between 0% and 100%, with 2-digit precision after the decimal point, for example 25.00%, 66.67%, 57.14%.

  • On the first line – the percentage of numbers divisible by 2.
  • On the second line – the percentage of numbers divisible by 3.
  • On the third line – the percentage of numbers divisible by 4.

Sample Input and Output

Input Output Input Output Input Output
10
680
2
600
200
800
799
199
46
128
65
70.00%
10.00%
50.00%
3
3
6
9
33.33%
100.00%
0.00%
1
12
100.00%
100.00%
100.00%

Hints and Guidelines

For this and the next problem, you'll have to write the program's code on your own, with the help of the following advice.

The program that solves the current problem is similar to the one from the problem Histogram, which we viewed previously. That's why we can begin by declaring our needed variables. For example, a couple of variable names can be: n – count of numbers (which we'll read from the console) and divisible_by_2, divisible_by_3, divisible_by_4 – additional variables, storing the count of numbers in their respective groups.

In order to read and distribute each number in its respective group, we'll have to start ourfor loop from 0 and end at n (the numbers' count). Each of the loop's iterations has to read and distribute a single number. The difference is that a single number can be distributed to more than one group simultaneously, so we have to do three different if checks for each number – whether it's divided by 2, 3 and 4, and to increase the value of the variable that stores the count of numbers in the respective group.

Warning: an if-elif construction in this case won't be of use to us, since when it detects a match, the loop gets broken before checking the following conditions.

At the end, print the found results while keeping the given in the problem's description format.

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Problem: Logistics

You're responsible for the logistics of different cargos. Depending on the weight of each load, a different transportation vehicle is needed and costs a different price per ton:

  • Up to and including 3 tonsvan (200 USD per ton).
  • Over 3 and up to 11 tonstruck (175 USD per ton).
  • Over 11 tons – train (120 USD per ton).

Your task is to calculate the average price per ton of transported load, as well as what percentage of the overall cargo is transported by each vehicle.

Input Data

A sequence of numbers is read from the console, each on a different line:

  • First line: count of loads for transportation – integer in range [1 … 1000].
  • On each following line the weight in tons of the current load is written – integer in range [1 … 1000].

Output Data

Print 4 lines to the console, as given:

  • Line #1the average price per ton of transported cargo (rounded to second digit after the decimal point).
  • Line #2the percentage of cargo, transported with a van (between 0.00% and 100.00%, rounded to second digit after the decimal point).
  • Line #3the percentage of cargo, transported with a truck (between 0.00% and 100.00%).
  • Line #4the percentage of cargo, transported with a train (between 0.00% and 100.00%).

Sample Input and Output

Input Output Explanation
4
1
5
16
3
143.80
16.00%
20.00%
64.00%
Two of the cargos are transported with a van: 1 + 3, total 4 tons.
One cargo is transported with a truck: 5 tons.
One cargo is transported with a train: 16 tons.
The sum of all cargos is: 1 + 5 + 16 + 3 = 25 tons.
The percentage of van-transported cargo: 4/25*100 = 16.00%
The percentage of truck-transported cargo: 5/25*100 = 20.00%
The percentage of train-transported cargo: 16/25*100 = 64.00%
Average price per ton of transported cargo: (4 * 200 + 5 * 175 + 16 * 120) / 25 = 143.80
Input Output Input Output
5
2
10
20
1
7
149.38
7.50%
42.50%
50.00%
4
53
7
56
999
120.35
0.00%
0.63%
99.37%

Hints and Guidelines

First we'll read the weight of each load and we'll sum how many tons are being transported by a van, truck and train respectively, and we'll additionally calculate the total tons of transported cargos. We'll calculate the prices of each transport type according to the total tons and the total price. At the end we'll calculate and print the total average price per ton and what part of the overall load is transported by each transport type, in percentages.

We declare our variables, for example: count_of_loads – the count of cargos to be transported (we read them from the console), sum_of_tons – the sum of the overall load's weight, microbus_tons, truck_tons, train_tons – variables, holding the sum of the weights transported respectively by a van, truck and train.

We'll need a for loop from 0 to count_of_loads - 1, in order to go through all loads. For each load we read its weight (in tons) from the console and assign it to our variable, for example tons. To the sum of all loads (sum_of_tons) we add our current load's weight (tons). After we've read our current load's weight, we have to decide which transport vehicle will be used for it (van, truck or train). For this we'll need some if-elif checks:

  • If the value of the variable tons is lower than 3, we increase the value of the variable microbus_tons by the value of tons:

    microbus_tons += tons;
    
  • Else, if the value of tons is up to 11, we increase truck_tons by tons.

  • If tons is higher than 11, we increase train_tons by tons.

Before we print our output, we have to calculate the percentage of tons transported by each vehicle and the average price per ton. For the average price we'll declare another additional variable total_price, in which we'll sum the total price of all transported loads (with van, truck and train). The average price will be calculated by dividing total_price by sum_of_tons. You're left with calculated by yourself the percentage of tons transported by each vehicle and printing the output, adhering to the format as shown in the problem's description.

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