 # 4.5. Practice Makes Perfect¶

Here’s a reminder of the commands we learned last week:

Command

What does it do?

forward( distance )

Move forward a specified distance

backward( distance )

Move backward a specified distance

left(90)

Turns 90 degrees to the left (you can use any angle, not just 90!)

right(90)

Turns 90 degrees to the right

circle( radius )

Draws a circle with the specified radius

goto( x, y )

Move straight to the position with coordinates (x, y). Note: the center is (0, 0)

up()

Stop leaving a trail

down()

Start drawing a trail

color( c )

Set the color to c (https://trinket.io/docs/colors)

for i in range( n ):

Repeat n times

And here are the new commands we’ll be learning this week!

Command

What does it do?

begin_fill()

Starts filling in drawn shapes

end_fill()

Stops filling in drawn shapes

speed(number 0-10)

Determines how quickly the turtle will move through commands

def function_name():

Creates and defines a new function

function_name()

Calls a function

First, let’s do a quick review of loops by drawing a square using a loop. Then, we can use that code to check out what these new commands do! Let’s combine what we know about loops with the square function we wrote in the last exercise to draw a row of squares. Try modifying your code from the previous exercise to draw a row of triangles instead. Feel free to add color or fill in the triangles! Let’s take what we know about loops and functions to draw a starry night sky How can we use what we know to draw a forest of pine trees?
• How might you draw a forest? Draw a bunch of pine trees!

• How might you draw a pine tree? Draw a stack of triangles!

• How might you draw a stack of triangles? Draw individual triangles offset in a loop! Use the starter code below to draw a row of triangles!