Why is var num = num || 4 , and not var num = num || 3?
Zachary Billingsley6,186 Points
The reason it must be 4 instead of 3 is when you use Math.random it returns a number between the (inclusive) 0 and the (exclusive) 1, meaning that Math.random will never return 1. So if you multiple the random number by 4 and round down using Math.floor the highest number you can get is 3 the lowest will be 0.
Hope that helps!
Mario Vega8,170 Points
The "num" variable isn't actually the number that's returned. Instead, it's used in the calculation in the line right below it.
Specifically, it is multiplied into a number between 0 and 1, which will always be less than 4. Then, when the Math.floor function is applied, you get an integer without the decimal places.
Let's say the Math.rand function returns .99.
.99 * 4 = 3.96, rounded down by Math.floor = 3.
As a general recommendation, be sure to post code snippets for your questions as well. I was able to find the section in question from the video workspace, but it saves time if we can see what you're working with ahead of time.
To answer the question, it's actually related to how Math.floor and Math.random interact. Math.random makes a number with decimals where 1 > X >= 0. In other words, it could be 0 but it will never be 1, just really close to it. What Math.floor does is remove the decimals and round to the lowest integer/whole number. So if the random number is .99 and we multiply it by 4, we get 3.96. Floor cuts off the .96, leaving us with just 3.
In this program then, using num = 4 means it can be 1 of 4 results- [0, 1, 2, 3].