# 1. Introduction

In Python, determining the maximum of two numbers is a basic operation that can be implemented in various ways. This blog post will guide you through creating a simple Python program to find the maximum of two user-provided numbers. Understanding how to compare numbers and execute conditional logic is foundational in programming, and this example will help solidify these concepts.

# 2. Program Steps

1. Prompt the user to input two numbers.

2. Convert the input values to the appropriate numerical type (e.g., integers or floating-point numbers) for comparison.

3. Compare the two numbers using a conditional statement to determine which one is greater.

4. Display the maximum number to the user.

# 3. Code Program

``````# Step 1: Prompt the user for two numbers
num1 = float(input("Enter the first number: "))
num2 = float(input("Enter the second number: "))

# Step 2: Compare the numbers and find the maximum
if num1 > num2:
max_num = num1
else:
max_num = num2

# Step 3: Display the maximum number
print("The maximum number is:", max_num)
``````

### Output:

```Enter the first number: 45
Enter the second number: 32
The maximum number is: 45
```

### Explanation:

1. The program starts by asking the user to enter two numbers. These are read as strings from the standard input using the input function and then converted to floating-point numbers (to accommodate decimal values) using the float function.

2. It then compares the two numbers using an if-else statement. If num1 is greater than num2, num1 is assigned to max_num. Otherwise, num2 is assigned to max_num.

3. Finally, the program prints out the maximum number using the print function. The output shows which of the two input numbers is greater.