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Python can function as a basic calculator, allowing you to perform computations, however basic, much faster than most of us could using our own brainpower.

Here is a basic example:

```
print(1 + 1)
```

This will output:

```
2
```

Notice how we use **print statements** from Lesson 1 to display
the output of this addition. Now this was a pretty simple calculation, but how
about this one:

```
print(1581 * (7502 / (3.5 + 1)) - 0.25**5)
```

In less than half a second, Python outputs:

```
2635702.665690104
```

Notice here that we utilized addition, subtraction, multiplication, and
division in this one expression, with some not so friendly numbers! We
also added an exponential (denoted by the double asterisks `**`

) at the end.

Let’s now practice doing some other computations in Python:

Compute the sum of

`3`

and`5`

. Divide it by the product of`10.5`

and`0.6`

. (solution)Compute the product of

`12345`

and`6789`

. Then subtract from it`0.951`

. (solution)

When you’re ready, click here to go to Lesson 3!