# Help- can you explain to me this code for Functions: Fundamentals 1/14 screen

I was trying to solve Functions:Fundamentals, 1/14 screen. The instructions are as follows:

1. Compute the sum of `a_list` (already defined in the code editor) without using `sum()`.
• Initialize a variable named `sum_manual` with a value of `0`.
• Loop through `a_list`, and for each iteration add the current number to `sum_manual`.
1. Print `sum_manual` and `sum(a_list)` to see if the values are the same.

The answer to this is:
a_list = [4444, 8897, 6340, 9896, 4835, 4324, 10, 6445,
661, 1246, 1000, 7429, 1376, 8121, 647, 1280,
3993, 4881, 9500, 6701, 1199, 6251, 4432, 37]

sum_manual= 0
for list_element in a_list:
sum_manual += list_element

print(sum_manual)
print(sum(a_list))

Can someone explain to me why do I need to use list_element instead of just element for the loop?

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