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to Collatz Conjecture in the JavaScript Track

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The Collatz Conjecture or 3x+1 problem can be summarized as follows:

Take any positive integer n. If n is even, divide n by 2 to get n / 2. If n is odd, multiply n by 3 and add 1 to get 3n + 1. Repeat the process indefinitely. The conjecture states that no matter which number you start with, you will always reach 1 eventually.

Given a number n, return the number of steps required to reach 1.


Starting with n = 12, the steps would be as follows:

  1. 12
  2. 6
  3. 3
  4. 10
  5. 5
  6. 16
  7. 8
  8. 4
  9. 2
  10. 1

Resulting in 9 steps. So for input n = 12, the return value would be 9.


Go through the setup instructions for ECMAScript to install the necessary dependencies:



Install assignment dependencies:

$ npm install

Making the test suite pass

Execute the tests with:

$ npm test

In the test suites all tests but the first have been skipped.

Once you get a test passing, you can enable the next one by changing xtest to test.


An unsolved problem in mathematics named after mathematician Lothar Collatz https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3x_%2B_1_problem

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import { steps } from './collatz-conjecture';

describe('steps()', () => {
  test('zero steps for one', () => {

  xtest('divide if even', () => {

  xtest('even and odd steps', () => {

  xtest('Large number of even and odd steps', () => {

  xtest('zero is an error', () => {
    expect(() => {
    }).toThrow(new Error('Only positive numbers are allowed'));

  xtest('negative value is an error', () => {
    expect(() => {
    }).toThrow(new Error('Only positive numbers are allowed'));
function steps(n,nSteps=0) {
  if (n<1) {
    throw('Only positive numbers are allowed');
  } else if (n===1) {
  } else if (n%2===0) {
  } else {
    n = n*3 +1;
  return steps(n, ++nSteps);


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