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If you did it all correctly, your program should calculate the square root. (For reasons that will become apparent later, I will refer to the code that you inserted as in-line code.)

Oops, need to do it all over again

Suppose that further on in your program you discover that you need to calculate the square root of another number. And later, you discover that youneed to calculate the square root of still another number. Obviously, with a few changes, you could copy your original code and insert it as in-line code at each location in your program where you need to calculate the square root ofa number.

Is there a better way?

However, after doing this a few times, you might start asking if there is a better way. The answer is "yes, there is a better way."

A programming module provides a better way

The better way is to create a separate program module that has the ability to calculate the square root and to make that module available for use as a helperto your main program each time your main program needs to calculate a square root. In some programming languages, this separate program module is oftencalled a function or a method. In scratch 2.0, it doesn't have a specific name. I will refer to it as a custom block . You create a custom block in Scratch 2.0 by selecting the More Blocks toolbox shown in Image A .

Image a. the more blocks toolbox.

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Image A. The More Blocks toolbox.

Library functions

Most modern programming languages provide a large number of pre-written functions that are already available for your use.

In addition to the library functions that are already available, if you need a function to perform some operation and there is no library function alreadyavailable to perform that operation, you can write your own function.

A similar library for mathematical functions exists in Scratch 2.0. The library is accessed using the bottom block in the Operators toolbox with the selection sqrt shown in Image B .

Image b. access to scratch 2.0 math functions.

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Image B. Access to Scratch 2.0 math functions.

Image C shows the different mathematical function selections that are available in the pull down list of the block. (Note that the fourth one from the top is the sqrt function.)

Image c. mathematical functions available in scratch 2.0.

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Image C. Mathematical functions available in Scratch 2.0.

Passing parameters

Make the function general

Normally, in the case of designing and writing a function such as one that can calculate the square root of a number, it is desirable to write it in such away that it can calculate the square root of any number (as opposed to only one specific number) . This is accomplished through the use of something called parameters.

Pass me the number please

The process of causing a function to be executed is commonly referred to as calling the function.

When your program calls the square-root function, it will need to tell the function the value of the number for which the square root is needed. Ingeneral, many functions will require that you provide certain kinds of information when you call them. The code in the function needs this informationto be able to accomplish its purpose.

Questions & Answers

what does nano mean?
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s. Reply
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are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
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s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
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for screen printed electrodes ?
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s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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