# Recursion

C Programming Tutorial: Recursion

#### C Programming Tutorial: Recursion

Welcome to the Codes With Pankaj "Recursion in C Programming" tutorial ! This tutorial will guide you through the concepts and practical applications of recursion in C.

**Table of Contents**

#### 1. Introduction to Recursion

Recursion is a programming technique where a function calls itself directly or indirectly to solve a problem. It's a powerful tool for solving problems that can be broken down into smaller, similar subproblems.

#### 2. Understanding Recursive Functions

A recursive function is a function that calls itself during its execution. It continues to call itself until it reaches a base case, where the recursion stops.

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#### 3. Base Case and Recursive Case

A recursive function typically has two parts:

**Base Case**: The condition where the recursion stops.**Recursive Case**: The part of the function that calls itself.

#### 4. Factorial Calculation using Recursion

The factorial of a non-negative integer n is the product of all positive integers less than or equal to n. It's denoted by `n!`

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#### 5. Fibonacci Series using Recursion

The Fibonacci series is a sequence of numbers where each number is the sum of the two preceding ones. The sequence starts with 0 and 1.

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#### 6. Tree Traversal with Recursion

Recursion is commonly used for tree traversal algorithms such as depth-first search (DFS) and inorder, preorder, and postorder traversals.

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#### 7. Advantages and Disadvantages of Recursion

**Advantages**

Simplifies complex problems by breaking them down into smaller, more manageable subproblems.

Elegant and concise solution for problems that have a recursive structure.

**Disadvantages**

Recursive function calls consume memory due to the function call stack.

Recursive solutions may be less efficient than iterative solutions for certain problems.

#### 8. Common Mistakes and Best Practices

**Common Mistakes**

Forgetting the Base Case: Not defining a base case can lead to infinite recursion.

Stack Overflow: Recursive functions with deep recursion may lead to stack overflow errors.

**Best Practices**

Understand the Problem: Ensure a clear understanding of the problem's recursive nature before implementing a recursive solution.

Test with Small Inputs: Test recursive functions with small inputs to verify correctness and detect potential issues early.

#### 9. Exercises

Try these exercises to practice recursion in C:

**Exercise 1**: Write a recursive function to calculate the nth term of the Fibonacci series.**Exercise 2**: Implement a recursive function to find the factorial of a given number.**Exercise 3**: Write a recursive function to reverse a string.**Exercise 4**: Implement a recursive function to compute the sum of digits of a positive integer.**Exercise 5**: Create a recursive function to find the height of a binary tree.

We hope this tutorial has helped you understand recursion in C programming. Practice with the exercises provided to reinforce your understanding. Happy coding!

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