# Why does this fail: Sum All Numbers in a Range

Tell us what’s happening:

So my code continues to fail and I don’t know why?
My suspecion is on line 7 but i am not sure

``````
function sumAll(arr) {
let myMin = Math.min(arr); //gets the lowest number of the array
let myMax = Math.max(arr);
//get's the highest number of the array

while (myMin < myMax) { //while the biggest number is bigger then the smallest one
return myMin.push(arr);
//return the smallest number and pushes the numbers through

}
}

sumAll([1, 4]);

``````

User Agent is: `Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 10.0; Win64; x64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/86.0.4240.193 Safari/537.36`.

Challenge: Sum All Numbers in a Range

consider the below code:

``````function arith(a, b){
let sum = a+b;
let mul = a*b;
return sum;
return mul;
}
``````

In the above code, we’re returning variable `sum` first, then variable `mul`
But interesting thing is, as you’re returning the `sum`, javascript doesn’t evaluate rest of the code in function;

In your case you have used return inside the loop, as soon as you `return`, javascript will not even evaluate next iteration of the loop, it’ll just stop execution of the function
Hope this helps;

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It’s a good catch - the return isn’t doing what you might think. If you look up Array.push(…) on MDN, and look for the section “Returns:” That tells you what the function actually sends back to your code.

In this case, push(…) returns the new length of the array.

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``````// Try  this method using by spread operator and reduce method.

function sumAll(arr) {
const minVal = Math.min(...arr)
const maxVal = Math.max(...arr)
let list = []
for(let i = minVal; i <= maxVal; i++){
list.push(i)
}
return list.reduce((prev, next) => prev + next);
}
console.log(sumAll([1, 4]))
``````

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