Thank you for looking at my issue. I am a beginner in school and we have an excercise that asks us to write a program that uses nestes loos to draw this patter:

*******
******
*****
****
***
**
*

and

**
* *
*  *
*   *
*    *
*     *

I am not looking for anyone to do this for me, I actually do want to learn what I am missing.

So I figured out if I us this code

def main():
    start = 7

    for r in range(start):
        for c in range(r):
            print('*', end='')
        print('*')

main()

I can get a pyramid like

*
**
***
****
*****
******
*******

What am I missing there? If I learn I think I can figure out the second one. Thanks in advance for any help.

Hint ...

start = 7
# this will count r from start down to 0
for r in range(start, -1, -1):
    print(r)

Thank you very much. I get the step value counting down and was able to get the correct outcome but I am confused on the ending value (-1) and why that made it work.

Edited 4 Years Ago by nUmbdA

I get the step value counting down and was able to get the correct outcome but I am confused on the ending value (-1) and why that made it work.

>>> start = 7
>>> stop = 1
>>> step = -1
>>> for r in range(start,stop,step):
        r        
7
6
5
4
3
2

>>> help(range)
Help on built-in function range in module __builtin__:

range(...)
    range([start,] stop[, step]) -> list of integers

    Return a list containing an arithmetic progression of integers.
    range(i, j) returns [i, i+1, i+2, ..., j-1]; start (!) defaults to 0.
    When step is given, it specifies the increment (or decrement).
    For example, range(4) returns [0, 1, 2, 3].  The end point is omitted!
    These are exactly the valid indices for a list of 4 elements.
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