I am stuck with: Factorialize a Number

Tell us what’s happening:
So my idea was as can be seen in the diagram above is to substract a number of 5 and multiply it
The only problem I have
is with line 5/6 it takes over which leads to the following error:

SyntaxError: unknown: Identifier ‘countArray’ has already been declared (6:10)
Is there any way I can solve this?

Your code so far

function factorialize(num) {
if (num < 1) {
  return [];
  } else {
  const countArray = factorialize(num - 1);
  const countArray = factorialize(num * 1);
  return countArray;



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Challenge: Factorialize a Number

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Hi @KittyKora. I have no idea why you have chosen that route. Essentially what you want to achieve is something like n * n - 1 * n - 2 * ... * 1. Something like:

function factorialize(num) {
  if (num < 1)  return  1; // base condition
  return num * factorialize(num - 1); // recursive condition

would suffice.

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The reason why you are getting an error is because const stands for constant. A constant cannot be reassigned.


Because i find aritimetic’s hard to deal with
when it’s someting simple like
const countArray = factorialize(num - 1);
which only does 3 things i can manage
but things like
return num * factorialize(num - 1); // recursive condition
which does a couple of things is hard
and it’s get confusing