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The following question is a pass exam question that I got incorrect, Could someone help me understand what I did wrong and what I needed to do?
The following was given:
Java
public int goodTimes(int n) 
{if (n==1)return 0;else return 1 + goodTimes(n/2); }

From this I needed to determine the value of goodTimes(22)

What I have tried:

I tried creating a class, then I pasted the code above into it, then I created a main method that would call the function.

Java
class GoodTimes{
    public int goodTimes(int n) {
        if (n==1)
        return 0;
        else
        return 1 + goodTimes(n/2); 
        
    } 
}
class Main {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        System.out.println(goodTimes(22));
    }
}
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Updated 9-Jan-23 5:32am
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Richard MacCutchan 9-Jan-23 10:42am    
And what was the result when you ran the code?
Aisha Yosuf 9-Jan-23 10:44am    
An error occured : error: cannot find symbol

Try
public class GoodTimes
{ 
    public static int goodTimes(int n)
    {
      if (n==1)
        return 0;
      else
        return 1 + goodTimes(n/2);

    }
    public static void main( String args[])
    {
      System.out.println(goodTimes(22));
    }
}

Note your stop condition (n==1) only works with positive values of n.
 
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Aisha Yosuf 9-Jan-23 10:49am    
when I ran the code I got an error that says class GoodTimes is public, should be declared in a file named GoodTimes.java
CPallini 9-Jan-23 10:53am    
Do you need to put it in a different file?
Aisha Yosuf 9-Jan-23 10:55am    
The above error says to do so, but I can't remember how I would declare GoodTimes in a file named GoodTimes.java
CPallini 9-Jan-23 10:59am    
Just rename your source file GoodTimes.java
Aisha Yosuf 9-Jan-23 11:05am    
Thank you so much I aprreciate your help! :)
To add to what CPallini says: You should expect to get syntax errors every day, probably many times a day while you are coding - we all do regardless of how much experience we have! Sometimes, we misspell a variable, or a keyword; sometimes we forget to close a string or a code block. Sometimes the cat walks over your keyboard and types something really weird. Sometimes we just forget how many parameters a method call needs.

We all make mistakes.

And because we all do it, we all have to fix syntax errors - and it's a lot quicker to learn how and fix them yourself than to wait for someone else to fix them for you! So invest a little time in learning how to read error messages, and how to interpret your code as written in the light of what the compiler is telling you is wrong - it really is trying to be helpful!

So read this: How to Write Code to Solve a Problem, A Beginner's Guide Part 2: Syntax Errors[^] - it should help you next time you get a compilation error!

I'm not saying we don't want to help you fix them - sometimes I can't see my own errors because I read what I meant to write - but fixing syntax errors is part of the job, and if you can't do it for yourself people are going to look at you as a bit weird should you get a job in the industry!
 
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