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3.6 Conditionals

2 min readβ€’january 3, 2023

Minna Chow

Minna Chow

Milo Chang

Milo Chang


AP Computer Science Principles ⌨️

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Earlier, we introduced the concept of sequencing, selection and iteration. The selection process primarily takes the form of conditional statements known as if statements.
Selection statements in programming are used to control the flow of execution in a program. They allow you to specify requirements, or conditions, that must be met in order for certain parts of the program to be executed.
If statements execute different segments of code based on the result of a Boolean expression. Here's the format of a basic if statement in Pseudocode...

If Statement

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And Python!
strawberries_in_fridge = 7 if strawberries_in_fridge >= 7: print("You can make strawberry shortcake!")
The code in the if statement is executed only if the condition is met. In this case, the condition is the boolean expression strawberries_in_fridge β‰₯ 7. The condition is true, so the code inside the if statement (the print statement) will execute.
If strawberries_in_fridge was less than seven in this case, the program would just skip over the code inside the statement and continue to the next part of the program.

Else Statement

However, if statements can also have else statements attached to them that specify what would happen if the condition wasn't met. Here they are in Pseudocode...
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...and Python again.
strawberries_in_fridge = 7 if strawberries_in_fridge >= 10: print("You can make strawberry shortcake!") else: print("Sorry, no shortcake for you!")
Else statements will only run when the condition attached to an if statement comes back false. In this case, because the if statement isn't true, the program will run the else statement instead.
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