# Random Numbers

Random numbers generated by the computer enable programs covering a wide range of games and activities to be developed. For example, in a program to test mental arithmetic, the problems to solve will be unpredictable since the numbers to add, subtract, multiply or divide will be chosen at random.
There are three ways of using random functions in Delphi:

- The statement
`RealNum := random;`will give the real variable RealNum a random number between 0 and 1. If you need a random integer, the following require less thought. - The statement
`IntSize := random(4);`will give the integer variable IntSize the value 0, 1, 2 or 3. - The statement
`IntSize := randomRange(1, 4);`will give the integer variable IntSize the value 1, 2, 3 or 4. In order to use randomRange, you need to include Math in the uses section e.g.uses SysUtils, Math;

## Example 1: Using function randomRange

program Subtraction; {$APPTYPE CONSOLE} uses SysUtils, Math; var Int1, Int2, Difference, UserAnswer : integer; begin randomize; repeat Int1 := randomRange(1,100); Int2 := randomRange(1,Int1); Difference := Int1 - Int2; write('What is ',Int1,' - ',Int2,'? '); readln(UserAnswer); if UserAnswer = Difference then begin writeln('Correct!'); end else begin writeln('Wrong! The answer is ', Difference); end; until false; end.

## Example 2: Using function random

program RandomGoals; {$APPTYPE CONSOLE} uses SysUtils; const GAME_LENGTH = 5; SLEEP_TIME = 2000; //2 seconds var HomeGoals, AwayGoals, Count : integer; procedure HomeGoal; begin writeln('Home goal'); HomeGoals := HomeGoals + 1; writeln; end; procedure AwayGoal; begin writeln(' Away goal'); AwayGoals := AwayGoals + 1; writeln; end; procedure HomePenalty; begin writeln('Home penalty'); writeln; sleep(SLEEP_TIME); if random(3) > 0 then begin writeln('Home goal scored from penalty'); writeln; HomeGoals := HomeGoals + 1; end else begin writeln('Penalty missed!'); writeln; end; end; procedure AwayPenalty; begin writeln(' Away penalty'); writeln; sleep(SLEEP_TIME); if random(3) > 0 then begin writeln(' Away goal scored from penalty'); AwayGoals := AwayGoals + 1; writeln; end else begin writeln(' Penalty missed!'); end; end; begin HomeGoals := 0; AwayGoals := 0; randomize; for Count := 1 to GAME_LENGTH do begin sleep(SLEEP_TIME); case Random(4) of 0 : HomeGoal; 1 : AwayGoal; 2 : HomePenalty; 3 : AwayPenalty; end; //of case end;//of for loop sleep(SLEEP_TIME); writeln; writeln('Game over'); writeln; writeln('Score: ', HomeGoals, '-', AwayGoals); readln; end.

Features introduced:

- Use of randomize before the first random function
- Use of randomRange and random functions
- Use of sleep function to introduce a delay

## Experimenting

Change the SLEEP_TIME in the RandomGoals program from a constant to a variable that is given a value chosen at random.

Develop a game of chance such as rock-paper-scissors in which the user can play against the computer.

Develop a mental arithmetic tester giving the user a choice of addition, subtraction, multiplication or division.