Did you ever wonder how many ways to arrange n distinct objects? The answer is the factorial or the product of all positive integers less than or equal to n. For example, if there are three objects, a, b and c they can be arranged in 3 x 2 x 1 = 6 ways. abc, bca, cab, cba, acb, and bac.

These arrangements are called the permutations of the set of objects. Try a permutation of four objects. (You should have 4 x 3 x 2 x1 = 24 arrangements.) Here are variants of a Logo procedure that will tell you the permutations of any number of objects up to about 150. For those of you into graphics, you should be able experimentally check the theory of the math by arranging the permutations of a more modest number of objects from the toolbox.

- FACTORIAL.lgo
TO FACTORING :N ; Limit the number factored to a maximum of 150 LOCAL “ANSWER LOCAL "COUNTER MAKE "ANSWER 1 MAKE "COUNTER :N REPEAT :N [MAKE "ANSWER :ANSWER * :COUNTER MAKE "COUNTER :COUNTER - 1] OUTPUT :ANSWER END TO FACTORIAL.FOR :N LOCAL "ANSWER MAKE "ANSWER 1 FOR "I 1 :N [MAKE "ANSWER :ANSWER * :I] OUTPUT :ANSWER END TO FACTORIAL.WHILE :N LOCAL "ANSWER LOCAL "I MAKE "ANSWER 1 MAKE "I :N WHILE [:I > 0] [MAKE "ANSWER :ANSWER * :I MAKE "I :I - 1] OUTPUT :ANSWER END TO FACTORIAL.GO :N LOCAL "ANSWER LOCAL "I MAKE "ANSWER 1 MAKE "I :N LABEL "LOOP MAKE "ANSWER :ANSWER * :I MAKE "I :I - 1 IF :I > 0 THEN GO "LOOP OUTPUT :ANSWER END TO FACTORIAL.RECUR :N IF :N = 0 THEN OUTPUT 1 OUTPUT :N * FACTORIAL.RECUR :N - 1 END

- Procedure:
- FACTORING, FACTORIAL.FOR, FACTORIAL.WHILE, FACTORIAL.GO, FACTORIAL.RECUR
- Description:
- Various ways to calculate the factorial of a number
- Level:
- Beginner
- Compatible:
- Logo 4, Logo 5
- Tags:
- Math, Factorial