**Tell us what’s happening:**

I realized that i merely came up with a solution based on various results that did not really differ much. I’d say the only thing unique about my solution is are the names of the variables.

here is my solution:

**Your code so far**

```
function findLongestWord(str) {
var splitting = str.split(" ");// str is split into 8 arrays
var loop = splitting[0];
for (var i=0; i< splitting.length; i++){
if(splitting[i].length > loop.length){
loop = splitting[i];
}
}
return loop.length;
}
findLongestWord("The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog");
```

I originally came up with this code and while it yielded results, it did not solve the algorithm:

```
function findLongestWord(str) {
var splitting = str.split(' ');// str is split into 8 arrays
var lazyDog = splitting[4].length; // returns 6 in string 1 and 8 in string 4
var theForce = splitting[2].length;// returns 5 in string 2
var googleBarrel = splitting[0].length; // returns 6 in string 3
var whatIs = splitting[5].length; //returns 8 in string 4
var whatIf = 19;
var combine = [lazyDog,theForce,googleBarrel,whatIs,whatIf]; // an array of variables from splitting to whatIf
// newArray eliminates the need for lazyDog, theForce, googleBarrel
var newArray = splitting.map(function(val){
// concatenation of newArray's values into other variables
var combine = splitting[0].concat(splitting[1]);
return val.length;
});// newArray keeps track of the number values inside each array in var splitting
return combine.length;
}
findLongestWord("The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog");
```

some of the code is arbitrary but I was wondering if I could create a solution to the algorithm? Any ideas or hints? I don’t need a full blown answer.

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