<h3>Question</h3>

I have a variable which may or may not be a sympy class. I want to convert it to a float but I’m having trouble doing this in a general manner:

```
$ python
Python 2.7.3 (default, Dec 18 2014, 19:10:20)
[GCC 4.6.3] on linux2
>>> import sympy
>>> x = sympy.sqrt(2)
>>> type(x)
<class 'sympy.core.power.Pow'>
>>> y = 1 + x
>>> type(y)
<class 'sympy.core.add.Add'>
>>> z = 3 * x
>>> type(z)
<class 'sympy.core.mul.Mul'>
>>> if isinstance(z, sympy.core):
... z = z.evalf(50) # 50 dp
...
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
TypeError: isinstance() arg 2 must be a class, type, or tuple of classes and types
```

I will be testing `x`

, `y`

, `z`

to convert into a float. note that I can't just run `evalf()`

on `x`

, `y`

and `z`

without checking because they might be integers or floats already and this would raise an exception.

`sympy.sympify()`

unfortunately does not convert to float. if it did then that would be the ideal solution to my problem:

```
>>> sympy.sympify(z)
3*sqrt(2)
>>> type(sympy.sympify(z))
<class 'sympy.core.mul.Mul'>
```

<h3>Answer1:</h3>

All sympy objects inherit from `sympy.Basic`

. To evaluate an sympy expression numerically, just use `.n()`

```
In [1]: import sympy
In [2]: x = sympy.sqrt(2)
In [3]: x
Out[3]: sqrt(2)
In [4]: x.n()
Out[4]: 1.41421356237310
In [5]: if (isinstance(x, sympy.Basic)):
...: print(x.n())
...:
1.41421356237310
```

<h3>Answer2:</h3>

heh, at the end of the day, it turns out you can just convert a sympy object to float using python's native float conversion function! don't know why i didn't try this straight away...

```
>>> import sympy
>>> x = sympy.sqrt(2)
>>> float(x)
1.4142135623730951
```

i will use this since it works even if `x`

is a python int or already a python float

来源：`https://stackoverflow.com/questions/30023064/detect-if-variable-is-of-sympy-type`