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Name: Recursion vs Iteration
ID: m20814
Language: English (en)
Summary: An introduction to recursion with the alternate method of using a for loop as the solution to a repetitive algorithm. C++ programming code for factorial is included.
Subject: Science and Technology
Keywords: iteration as alt to recursion, repetitive algorithms
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0

Authors: Kenneth Leroy Busbee (
Copyright Holders: Kenneth Leroy Busbee (
Maintainers: Kenneth Leroy Busbee (

Latest version: 1.4 (history)
First publication date: Mar 22, 2009 8:52 pm -0500
Last revision to module: Apr 7, 2010 8:25 am -0500


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Version History

Version: 1.4 Apr 7, 2010 8:25 am -0500 by Kenneth Leroy Busbee
Corrected a minor typo.

Version: 1.3 Jan 15, 2010 11:07 am -0600 by Kenneth Leroy Busbee
Added Google Analytics. 

Version: 1.2 Mar 28, 2009 2:34 pm -0500 by Kenneth Leroy Busbee
Minor changes to allow for proper PDF collection printing.

Version: 1.1 Mar 22, 2009 9:04 pm -0500 by Kenneth Leroy Busbee
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