# Lesson 8.Functions and recursion

## Problem «The length of the segment»

#### Statement

Given four real numbers representing cartesian coordinates: \( \left ( x_{1}, y_{1} \right ), \left ( x_{2}, y_{2} \right ) \). Write a function`distance(x1, y1, x2, y2)`

to compute the distance between the points \( \left ( x_{1}, y_{1} \right ) \) and \( \left ( x_{2}, y_{2} \right ) \). Read four real numbers and print the resulting distance calculated by the function. The formula for distance between two points can be found at Wolfram.

## Problem «Negative exponent»

#### Statement

Given a positive real number \( a \) and**integer**\( n \).

Compute \( a^{n} \). Write a function `power(a, n)`

to calculate the results using the function and print the result of the expression.

Don't use the same function from the standard library.

## Problem «Uppercase»

#### Statement

Write a function`capitalize(lower_case_word)`

that takes the lower case word and returns the word with the first letter capitalized. Eg., `print(capitalize('word'))`

should print the word `Word`

. Then, given a line of lowercase ASCII words (text separated by a single space), print it with the first letter of each word capitalized using the your own function `capitalize()`

.

In Python there is a function `ord(character)`

, which returns character code in the ASCII chart, and the function `chr(code)`

, which returns the character itself from the ASCII code. For example, `ord('a') == 97`

, `chr(97) == 'a'`

.

## Problem «Exponentiation»

#### Statement

Given a positive real number \( a \) and a non-negative integer \( n \). Calculate \( a^{n} \) without using loops,`**`

operator or the built in function `math.pow()`

. Instead, use recursion and the relation \( a^{n} = a \cdot a^{n-1} \). Print the result. Form the function `power(a, n)`

.

## Problem «Reverse the sequence»

#### Statement

Given a sequence of integers that end with a \( 0 \). Print the sequence in reverse order.Don't use lists or other data structures. Use the *force* of recursion instead.

## Problem «Fibonacci numbers»

#### Statement

Given a non-negative integer \( n \), print the \( n \)th Fibonacci number. Do this by writing a function`fib(n)`

which takes the non-negative integer \( n \) and returns the \( n \)th Fibonacci number. Don't use loops, use the *flair* of recursion instead. However, you should think about why the recursive method is much slower than using loops.

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