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Checkpoint 3

Paul Hudson    @twostraws   

Updated for Xcode 14.2

Now that you’re able to use conditions and loops, I’d like you to try a classic computer science problem. It’s not hard to understand, but it might take you a little time to solve depending on your prior experience!

The problem is called fizz buzz, and has been used in job interviews, university entrance tests, and more for as long as I can remember. Your goal is to loop from 1 through 100, and for each number:

  1. If it’s a multiple of 3, print “Fizz”
  2. If it’s a multiple of 5, print “Buzz”
  3. If it’s a multiple of 3 and 5, print “FizzBuzz”
  4. Otherwise, just print the number.

So, here are some example values you should have when your code runs:

  • 1 should print “1”
  • 2 should print “2”
  • 3 should print “Fizz”
  • 4 should print “4”
  • 5 should print “Buzz”
  • 6 should print “Fizz”
  • 7 should print “7”
  • 15 should print “FizzBuzz”
  • 100 should print “Buzz”

Before you start: This problem seems extremely simple, but many, many developers struggle to solve it. I’ve seen it happen personally, so don’t stress about it – just trying to solve the problem already teaches you about it.

You already know everything you need to solve that problem, but if you’d like some hints then I’ll add some below.

Please go ahead and try building the playground now.

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Still here? Okay, here are some hints:

  1. You can check whether one number is a multiple of another by using .isMultiple(of:). For example, i.isMultiple(of: 3).
  2. In this instance you need to check for 3 and 5 first because it’s the most specific, then 3, then 5, and finally have an else block to handle all other numbers.
  3. You can either use && to check for numbers that are multiples of 3 and 5, or have a nested if statement.
  4. You need to count from 1 through 100, so use ... rather than ..<.
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