Kaprekars Constant CoderByte Challenge: How to implement while-loop?

I am working on solving this algorithmic challenge on CoderByte and need some help with the next steps…the question and my code is below:

Using the JavaScript language, have the function KaprekarsConstant( num ) take the num parameter being passed which will be a 4-digit number with at least two distinct digits. Your program should perform the following routine on the number: Arrange the digits in descending order and in ascending order (adding zeroes to fit it to a 4-digit number), and subtract the smaller number from the bigger number. Then repeat the previous step. Performing this routine will always cause you to reach a fixed number: 6174. Then performing the routine on 6174 will always give you 6174 (7641 - 1467 = 6174). Your program should return the number of times this routine must be performed until 6174 is reached. For example: if num is 3524 your program should return 3 because of the following steps: (1) 5432 - 2345 = 3087, (2) 8730 - 0378 = 8352, (3) 8532 - 2358 = 6174.

function KaprekarsConstant(num) { 

function newNum(num){   
    num = num.toString()
    num = num.split('')

    if (num.length < 4){
        let numAsc = Number(num.sort().join(''))
        let numDsc = Number(num.sort().reverse().join(''))
        num = numDsc - numAsc
        return num 

As you can see from my code above, I have defined the function newNum(num) which will execute the first part of the challenge of taking in the ‘num’ argument and subtracting the larger number from the smaller after sorting it in ascending and descending order. The part I am stuck on is figuring out how to execute the function while incrementing a counter until the newNum(num) === 6174, and then returning the counter value. I am thinking I would need to use a While-loop but not sure how to increment the counter every time the newNum(num) function executes and doesn’t equal 6174. All I could think of was some psuedo-code :

let counter = 0 
while(num < 6174){
num = newNum(num)

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Firstly, welcome to the forums.

While we are primarily here to help people with their Free Code Camp progress, we are open to people on other paths, too. Some of what you are asking is pretty trivial in the Free Code Camp context, so you might find that if you’re not getting the instruction and material you need in your current studies, the FCC curriculum will really help you get started. At a modest guess I’d say investing a 4-5 hours working through the curriculum here will really pay off. You can find the curriculum at https://freecodecamp.org.

With your current questions, we don’t have enough context to know what you already know or don’t know, so it is impossible to guide you without just telling you the answer (which we won’t do).

It is pretty typical on here for people to share a codepen / jsfiddle example of what they have tried so that anyone helping has more of an idea of what help is actually helpful.

Please provide some example of what you’ve tried and I’m sure you’ll get more help.

Happy coding :slight_smile:

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I’ve been working thru the FCC curriculum but like to supplement my learning with free coding challenges online. I believe I have explained quite thoroughly in my post what I have tried so far and what I need help understanding.