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random number generator help

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im am very new to programming and i dont understand these questions that were in the exercise part in my book :

1. Write a single statement that prints a number at random from the set:

2. Write a statement that assigns random integers to the variable n in the range of 1 to 100.

can someone help me in regrads to what is the difference between assigning and just copying? and how would i answer these. thanks!
Nov 5 '06 #1
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In my experience, the key to this would be the modulus function - '%'.

For the first part, I would suggest reading the numbers into an array, and then getting a number from the random number generator, and then do something like

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  1. index = rand() % 5;
and then you can print array[index].

And your second one is as easy as doing a modulus of 100. The modulus is the remainder of a division, and because of that property, is kept in the range of 0->n-1 (which means you might want to add one to the result of the modulus, I think...)
Nov 5 '06 #2

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