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Solution

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:

- 12
- 6
- 3
- 10
- 5
- 16
- 8
- 4
- 2
- 1

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

Refer to the exercism help page for Rust installation and learning resources.

Execute the tests with:

```
$ cargo test
```

All but the first test have been ignored. After you get the first test to
pass, open the tests source file which is located in the `tests`

directory
and remove the `#[ignore]`

flag from the next test and get the tests to pass
again. Each separate test is a function with `#[test]`

flag above it.
Continue, until you pass every test.

If you wish to run all tests without editing the tests source file, use:

```
$ cargo test -- --ignored
```

To run a specific test, for example `some_test`

, you can use:

```
$ cargo test some_test
```

If the specific test is ignored use:

```
$ cargo test some_test -- --ignored
```

To learn more about Rust tests refer to the online test documentation

Make sure to read the Modules chapter if you haven't already, it will help you with organizing your files.

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

It's possible to submit an incomplete solution so you can see how others have completed the exercise.

```
use collatz_conjecture::*;
#[test]
fn test_1() {
assert_eq!(Some(0), collatz(1));
}
#[test]
#[ignore]
fn test_16() {
assert_eq!(Some(4), collatz(16));
}
#[test]
#[ignore]
fn test_12() {
assert_eq!(Some(9), collatz(12));
}
#[test]
#[ignore]
fn test_1000000() {
assert_eq!(Some(152), collatz(1000000));
}
#[test]
#[ignore]
fn test_0() {
assert_eq!(None, collatz(0));
}
```

```
pub fn collatz(n: u64) -> Option<u64> {
if n == 0 {
return None;
}
let mut x = n;
let mut counter = 0;
loop {
if x == 1 {
break;
}
match x % 2 {
0 => {
x /= 2;
counter += 1;
}
1 => {
x = (x * 3) + 1;
counter += 1;
}
_ => (),
}
}
Some(counter)
}
```

A huge amount can be learned from reading other people’s code. This is why we wanted to give exercism users the option of making their solutions public.

Here are some questions to help you reflect on this solution and learn the most from it.

- What compromises have been made?
- Are there new concepts here that you could read more about to improve your understanding?

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