# Write a Python program to find the second largest number in a list | Code

Use the sort() method and negative indexes to write a Python program to find the second largest number in a list.

## Python program to find the second-largest number in a list

Simple example code printing the second last element. Simply just sort the given list in ascending order and get the second last element in the list.

``````list1 = [10, 20, 70, 40, 90]

# sorting the list
list1.sort()

print("Second largest element is:", list1[-2])
``````

Output:

Another way Removing the maximum element

Use the set() function, max() & remove() function.

``````list1 = [10, 20, 70, 40, 90]

new_list = set(list1)
# removing the largest element from list1
new_list.remove(max(new_list))

print(max(new_list))
``````

Output: 70

Here’s Another Python program to do that:

``````def second_largest(numbers):
# Check if the list has at least two elements
if len(numbers) < 2:
return "List should have at least two numbers."

# Sort the list in descending order
numbers.sort(reverse=True)

# The second largest number is the second element in the sorted list
return numbers[1]

# Example usage:
my_list = [10, 5, 8, 20, 2]
result = second_largest(my_list)

if type(result) == int:
print("The second largest number in the list is:", result)
else:
print(result)
``````

In this program, we define a function called `second_largest` that takes a list of numbers as its argument. It first checks if the list has at least two elements to ensure there’s a second largest number. Then, it sorts the list in descending order using the `sort` method with the `reverse=True` argument. Finally, it returns the second element of the sorted list, which is the second largest number.

The example usage at the end of the program demonstrates how to use the `second_largest` function with a sample list. You can replace `my_list` with your own list of numbers to find the second largest number in your data.

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Note: IDE: PyCharm 2021.3.3 (Community Edition)

Windows 10

Python 3.10.1

All Python Examples are in Python 3, so Maybe its different from python 2 or upgraded versions.

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