**Problem : **
Define "recursion". What does it mean for a function to be
recursive?

**Problem : **
Your boss asks you to write a function to sum up all of the
numbers between some high and low value. You decide to write
two different versions of the function, one recursive and one
iterative.
1) Write them.
The next morning you come into work and your boss calls you
into his office, unhappy at how slow both of your functions
work, compared to how the problem could be solved.
2) How else could you solve this problem?

1b) Recursively:int sum_nums(int low, int high) { int i, total=0; for(i=low; i<=high; i++) total+=i; return total; }

2) Certain mathematical functions have closed form expressions; this means that there is actually a mathematical expression that can be used to explicitly evaluate the answer, thereby solving the problem in constant time, as opposed to the linear time it takes for the recursive and iterative versions.int sum_nums(int low, int high) { if (low == high) return high; else return low + sum_nums(low+1, high); }

int sum_nums(int low, int high) { return (((high*(high+1))/2) - (((low-1)*low)/2); }

**Problem : **
What is a base case? Why must a recursive function have a base
case? Can a function be written recursively if a base case is
not known?

**Problem : **
What is wrong with the following function?

The first two if statements should be switched. This function works fine if the function is called on valid input (int factorial(int n) { if (n<=1) return 1; else if (n<0) return 0; else return factorial(n-1) * n; }

**Problem : **
Your research assistant has come to you with the following two
functions:

andint factorial_iter(int n) { int fact=1; if (n<0) return 0; for( ; n>0; n--) fact *= n; return(fact); }

He claims that theint factorial_recur(int n) { if (n<0) return 0; else if (n<=1) return 1; else return n * factorial_recur(n-1); }

**Problem : **
As you probably noticed, the size of
*n*!
grows quickly as
*n*
increases. As such, you will probably reach a point were your
computer can no longer represent the value of
*n*!
(unless you
are using language with a big number library or unlimited
integer precision). Determine what the largest value of
*n*
is
for which the computer can accurately compute
*n*!
.

**Problem : **
Back to the problem of programming Data to walk. Write a function
`void walk(int n)` that takes n steps. You should use the
`void take_one_step()` function as a helper function.

void walk(int n) { if (n>=1) take_one_step(); if (n>1) walk(n-1); }

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