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# Confused on second part of the random generator between two numbers.

So I struggled with this one a bit. First I was confused as how to get the Math.random function to generate a random number between 1 and your input, if it only generates 0-1 but not including 1. Then I saw the multiply by 100 + 1, and that made some sense but I did not see how as a newbie, I was supposed to know to start there.

Understanding that, I thought I had the second part done, but then it generated numbers below my lowest number out of the two. What I struggle to grasp here is how I was supposed to know to tell Math.random to take topNumber - bottomNumber + 1, then + bottomNumber. I understand what he’s doing at first, telling it to pick a number between the two to multiple Math.random to, and then add + bottomNumber.

I guess I don’t see how it actually works? If I picked 32 and 64. It would take 32 - 64, which would leave you negative. How is that then supposed to generate a number between 32 and 64? I think I may be overthinking this, and definitely am missing a concept here. Just from the start I had no clue to do anything he is doing here. I feel like I’m lost and wouldn’t have ever known how to get here. Anyone shed some light on this for me?

# discouraged

The "topNumber" should always be the highest one. You should not have a negative multiplier.

The formulas used to do things like this are more about math than programming. Most programmers don't pull things like this out of their head but look them up in a reference source. Then the programmer's task is to just implement the formula in code.

Yes that’s what I figured. I knew I was over thinking as I tend to do that. I was just wondering if I’m missing anything. But since were asking them for numbers, via prompt. What if they enter a smaller number as topNumber, thus leaving a larger as bottom and causing a negative? Thank you for you’re reply.

You can swap the order, if needed, between the inputs and the formula:

```if (topNumber < bottomNumber)
[topNumber, bottomNumber] = [bottomNumber, topNumber];
```

OR you can alter the formula so the order doesn't matter:

```var number = Math.floor(Math.random() * Math.abs(topNumber - bottomNumber) + 1) +
Math.min(topNumber, bottomNumber);
```

OR you could use a loop to require to user to repeat the inputs until they put them in the right order.

Happy coding!