# Basics of Programming

## Recursive and Iterative

Solving problems with iterative and recursive methods are two quite different approaches, somehow, to the same kind of problems.

Here we will calculate the factorial of $n$. We define two functions using the iterative method and the recursive method.

Run the program on Repl.it.

```
def recursiveFactorial(n):
if n == 0:
return 1
else:
return n * recursiveFactorial(n - 1)
def iterativeFactorial(n):
ans = 1
i=1
while i <= n:
ans = ans * i
i=i+1
return ans
print(recursiveFactorial(0))
print(iterativeFactorial(0))
```

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by L Ma;

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L Ma (2018). 'Basics of Programming', Datumorphism, 09 April. Available at: https://datumorphism.leima.is/wiki/computation/basics-of-programming/.