# Help with Factorialize a Number

Tell us what’s happening:
I can’t seem to figure out why this isn’t working. I wrote it out on paper and it seems like it should work correctly?
What I wrote out is this:
num=num*(num-1)
num=5*(5-1)=20
num=20*(4-1)=60
num=60*(3-1)=120
num=120*(2-1)=120

Your code so far

``````
function factorialize(num) {
let a;
for(a=1; num>1; num--){
num*=(num-a);

console.log(num);

}
return num;
}

factorialize(5);
``````

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Careful, what is changing during your loop?
You are decrementing `num` by one, but st the same time you are greatly increasing `num` With the multiplication
`num > 1` will never be false, you have an infinite loop

Hey I got everything except factorialize(0) should return 1 to work. Not sure how to do that since anything multiplied by 0 is just 0?

``````function factorialize(num) {
let a;
let factNum=num;
for(a=1; num>1; num--){
factNum*=(num-a);
console.log(factNum);
}
return factNum;
}
factorialize(5);
``````

Edit: Nvm I got it with this: Is it a valid way of doing it?

``````function factorialize(num) {
let a;
let factNum=num;
for(a=1; num>1; num--){
factNum*=(num-a);
}
console.log(factNum);
if(num==0){
return 1;
}
return factNum;
}
factorialize(5);
``````

You are getting the right result, and that is important
But you could do it with a few small changes using just one return statement

Is this what you meant? Also thank you for all the help!

``````function factorialize(num) {
let a;
let factNum=num;
for(a=1; num>1; num--){
factNum*=(num-a);
}
console.log(factNum);
if(num==0){
factNum=1;
}
return factNum;
}
factorialize(5);
``````

Not really, but let’s see a few other things

You are also using this loop in a weird way, the way you are using variables you would better use a while loop
If you want to use a for loop you would do better creating an iterating variable for that loop
`for (let i = initialValue; conditionToCheck; change_i)`

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Thank you for understanding.

Is this better? I was initially trying to do it this way but I got confused trying to solve it while changing the i variable but I think doing it the way I initially posted and then going back and trying it this way helped a lot :D.

``````function factorialize(num) {
for(let i=num; i>1; i--){
num*=(i-1);
}
if(num===0){
return 1;
}
return num;
}
factorialize(5);
``````

Edit: Also did it with a while loop

``````function factorialize(num) {
let factNum=num;
while(num>1){
factNum=factNum*(num-1);
num--;
}
if(num===0){
return 1;
}
return factNum;
}

factorialize(5);
``````