# 1. Introduction

Recursion is a fundamental programming technique where a function calls itself to solve a problem. In Go, recursion can be implemented just like in other programming languages, allowing functions to be defined in terms of themselves. This post will demonstrate a recursive function in Go by implementing the classic example of calculating the factorial of a number.

## Definition

A recursive function in Go is a function that calls itself during its execution. To prevent infinite recursion, a base case is defined for which the function does not recurse. Therefore, each recursive call should progress towards this base case.

# 2. Program Steps

1. Define a recursive function that calculates the factorial of a number.

2. Implement the base case to return 1 when the function is called with 0 or 1.

3. For all other cases, the function should call itself with a decremented value.

4. Define the *main* function which serves as the entry point of the program.

5. Within *main*, call the recursive factorial function and print its result.

# 3. Code Program

```
package main
import "fmt"
// factorial recursively calculates the factorial of n.
func factorial(n uint) uint {
if n == 0 || n == 1 {
return 1 // Base case: factorial of 0 or 1 is 1
}
// Recursive case: n * factorial of (n-1)
return n * factorial(n-1)
}
func main() {
// Calculate the factorial of 5
result := factorial(5)
fmt.Printf("The factorial of 5 is %d\n", result)
}
```

### Output:

The factorial of 5 is 120

### Explanation:

1. *package main* indicates the program's package name.

2. *import "fmt"* is used to import the Format package for formatted I/O.

3. *factorial* is a function that takes an unsigned integer *n* and returns an unsigned integer. This signature ensures that only non-negative numbers are factored, avoiding negative recursion.

4. The function checks if *n* is *0* or *1*, which are the base cases, and returns *1* if so.

5. If *n* is greater than *1*, *factorial* calls itself with *n-1*. This is the recursive step that eventually reaches the base case.

6. The *main* function calls *factorial* with *5* and assigns the result to *result*.

7. *fmt.Printf* is then used to print the result to the console, showing that the factorial of *5* is *120*.

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