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T: 29/11/2018

Master in Informatics and Computing Engineering
Programming Fundamentals
Instance: 2018/2019

Lecture #18 :: 29/11/2018


By the end of this class, the student should be able to:

  • Identify some complex problems, that may otherwise be difficult to solve, that may have a simple recursive solution
  • Describe how to formulate programs recursively
  • Describe recursion as a form of iteration
  • Implement the recursive formulation of a problem


  1. Case study: Tower of Hanoi
  2. Iteration vs. Recursion
    • Calculating the sum of a list of numbers
    • Factorial
    • Fibonacci
    • Is a palindrome
    • Converting to any base
  3. Summary


  • Brad Miller and David Ranum, Problem Solving with Algorithms and Data Structures using Python (Chapter 4) HTML
  • Brad Miller and David Ranum, Learning with Python: Interactive Edition. Based on material by Jeffrey Elkner, Allen B. Downey, and Chris Meyers (Chapter 15) HTML



  • Recursive case studies: Tower of Hanoi. Recursion versus Iteration: Calculating the sum of a list of numbers, Factorial, Fibonacci, Is a Palindrome, Converting to any base.

FPRO, 2018/19

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