[Tutor] complete neophyte question here

Jason Willis chaoticslacker at gmail.com
Mon Oct 12 15:33:31 CEST 2009

I've recently been going through "Python Programming, for the Absolute
Beginner"  Second Edition, By Michael Dawson

I'm running python 2.5.4 on a windows xp home machine.

So my question boils down to this:

At the end of one of his chapters there is a challenge to write a program
that flips a "coin" 100 times then outputs the number of heads or tails it

I wrote this:

import random
flip = 0
head = 0
tails = 0

while flip != 100:
????flip += 1
????coin = random.randrange(2)
????if coin == 0
????????head += 1
????elif coin == 1
????????tails += 1

print head, tails


I honestly don't know how code works and would appreciate someone explaining
it to me?

Using logic, I shouldn't be able to write the program due to my limited
skills so  i  don't know how to explain HOW i wrote it because it just sort
of happened. I was sitting home one night and it just came out itself.  I
know that's not much of an explanation but there it is.

Thanks in advance,
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