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Random Numbers

Random Circles

In this exercise we will draw 10 random circles on the screen. We will use the random function randint(min, max) that will generate a random number between the minimum and maximum values. Since we are drawing on a grid that goes from -200 to 200 here is the random function:

myNumber = random.randint(-200, 200)
After this line runs, the variable myNumber will be assigned some random number between -200 and 200. We will then use this number to go to that location before we draw a circle.

Sample Code

import turtle
import random
# this is a list of colors
colorList = ['red', 'orange', 'yellow', 'green', 'blue', 'purple', 'pink', 'brown', 'gray', 'gold']
dan = turtle.Turtle()

# draw a circle at a random location on the screen
for i in range(10):
   x = random.randint(-200, 200)
   y = random.randint(-200, 200)
   # pick a random color from the colorList by getting a random index from 0 to 9
   # draw a circle with radius of 7 units



Run the Example on Trinket

Run the Random Example on Trinket


  1. Can you create a variable that is used to control the distance from the origin to wander? Right now the distance is set to be 200 on each extent.
  2. Can you create a variable for the number of circles to draw?
  3. Go to the Trinket colors page and see the name of other colors you can use. Note that you can use any of these colors in your lists.
  4. Right now, all the circles are 7 pixels in size. Can you make the circles have a random size from 3 to 20?