Tell us what’s happening:
can any one tell me whats happening here.
i’ve read the topic and am still not clear about recursion. @caryaharper

**Your code so far**

function sum(arr, n) {
// Only change code below this line
if( n <= 0){
return 1;
}
else
{
return sum(arr, n - 1) + arr[n - 1]
}
// Only change code above this line
}
sum([1, 2] , 2);
console.log()

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The recursion in this case can be a bit confusing as it seems a bit backwards compared to a loop, but written out it kinda looks like this:

/*
sum([1,2], 2) returns sum(arr, 2 - 1) + arr[2 - 1]
sum(arr, 1) returns sum(arr, 1 - 1) + arr[1 - 1]
this sum(arr, 1 - 1) returns 0 so sum(arr, 1) returns
0 + arr[0] == 1
therefore
sum([1,2], 2) returns sum(arr, 1) + arr[1]
and we now know that sum(arr, 1) returns 1 so
sum([1,2], 2) returns 1 + arr[1] or 1 + 2 == 3
*/

As you can see you have to get all the way to the bottom in order to start building your answer up. Doing recursion in the way above will quickly cause a RangeError for exceeding the maximum call stack size so do be careful if you are trying to use this method over a loop.