Youssef haddara Youssef haddara - 7 months ago 27 Question

Flip a coin whilst counting attempts until you get 5 tails in a row

What I am trying to do:

I want to loop infinitely until I get 5 tails in a row. I also want to show the number of attempts it took to be able to achieve 5 tails in a row

Here is what I have:

Dim number = rand.Next(1, 3)

If number = 1 Then
RichTextBox1.Text += "Tails" & vbNewLine
ElseIf number = 2 Then
RichTextBox1.Text += "Heads" & vbNewLine
End If

number = rand.Next(1, 3)

I haven't been able to figure it out. Thanks in advance for any help.


You need a counter variable that stores how often you already had tails. While tailCount < 5 will break this loop if you have found 5. Another counter will count the total attempts:

Dim rand As New Random()
Dim maxTailCount = 5
Dim attempts = 0
Dim tailCount = 0

While tailCount < maxTailCount
    attempts += 1
    Dim number = rand.Next(1, 3)
    If number = 1 Then
        tailCount += 1
        tailCount = 0 ' because they must be "in a row"
    End If
End While
Console.WriteLine("Found {0} tails, total attempts: {1}", maxTailCount, attempts)