Computers are often used to automate repetitive tasks. Repeating identical or similar tasks without making errors is something that computers do well and people do poorly.
Repeated execution of a sequence of statements is called iteration. Because iteration is so common, Python
provides several language features to make it easier. We’ve already seen the
for statement in a previous chapter.
This is a very common form of iteration in Python. In this chapter we are going to look at the
while statement —
another way to have your program do iteration.
14.1.1. Learning Goals¶
To understand indefinite iteration
To solve problems involving convergence
To apply the while loop for indefinite iteration
To be able to identify while loops that are likely to be infinite loops