Christian Singer Christian Singer - 9 months ago 67
Python Question

Polynomials as input in Python

How can you make Python take a polynomial as an input while maintaining the ability to substitute x for a real value?

Here is what I tried:

fx=input("Enter a Polynomial: ")
x=float(input("At wich position should the polynomial be evaluated: "))

while True:


The problem that arises is that Python will just evaluate fx as x and not as the value that I gave to x via my second input.

Answer Source

This should help:

def eval_polynomial(poly, val):
    xs = [ x.strip().replace('^','**') for x in poly.split('+') ]
    return sum( [eval(n.replace('x', str(val))) for n in xs] )

Please keep in mind that you earlier have to make sure val is a number for safety reasons.