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# C Program to count prime numbers and display them

Write a C Program to count prime numbers and display them in descending order using recursion. Here’s simple Program to count prime numbers and display them in descending order using recursion in C Programming Language.

## Recursion : :

• Recursion is the process of repeating items in a self-similar way. In programming languages, if a program allows you to call a function inside the same function, then it is called a recursive call of the function.
• The C programming language supports recursion, i.e., a function to call itself. But while using recursion, programmers need to be careful to define an exit condition from the function, otherwise it will go into an infinite loop.
• Recursive functions are very useful to solve many mathematical problems, such as calculating the factorial of a number, generating Fibonacci series, etc.

Below is the source code for C Program to count prime numbers and display them in descending order using recursion which is successfully compiled and run on Windows System to produce desired output as shown below :

### SOURCE CODE : :

```/* C Program to count prime numbers and display them in descending order using recursion */

#include<stdio.h>
#include<math.h>

int countPrimes(int a, int b);
int isprime(int n);

int main()
{
int a,b;
printf("Enter values of a and b :");
scanf("%d %d",&a,&b);
printf("\n\nTotal prime numbers = %d\n",countPrimes(a,b));

return 0;
}

countPrimes(int a, int b)
{
if(a>b)
return 0;
if(isprime(b))
{
printf("%d  ",b);
return 1 + countPrimes(a,b-1);
}
else
return countPrimes(a,b-1);
}

int isprime( int n)
{
int i;
for(i=2; i<=sqrt(n); i++)
if(n%i == 0)
return 0;
return 1;
}```

### OUTPUT  : :

```***************OUTPUT***************

***************FIRST RUN************

Enter values of a and b :
2
100

97  89  83  79  73  71  67  61  59  53  47  43  41  37  31  29  23  19
17  13  11  7  5  3  2

Total prime numbers = 25

***************SECOND RUN************

Enter values of a and b :
5
50

47  43  41  37  31  29  23  19  17  13  11  7  5

Total prime numbers = 13```

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