Longest Collatz Sequence

Longest Collatz Sequence
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Tell us what’s happening:

I am trying to use a helper function to calculate the length of the chain then outside of the helper function use a for loop to decrement the variable count and assign a variable max to count if count is larger than max. I am having trouble getting it work though, can anyone help me find the flaws in my code? It now works for the first 2 tests and that makes it difficult to troubleshoot. I do not understand why it would pass the first 2 and not the last 3.

Your code so far


function longestCollatzSequence(limit) {
  
  
  let max = 0
  let maxLim
 
function lengthOfChain(limit){
  let arr = [limit]
  while(limit !== 1){
  limit % 2 === 0 ? limit = limit / 2 : limit = 3*limit + 1
 // console.log(limit)
  arr.push(limit)
  }

//console.log(arr)
if(limit === 1){
 
  return arr.length
}
 
}


//console.log(lengthOfChain(14))

for(let i = limit; i> 0; i--){
  if(lengthOfChain(i)> max){
    max = lengthOfChain(i)
    maxLim = i
  }
 // console.log(max)
  console.log("this is where the max length was")
  console.log(maxLim)
}

return maxLim
  
}

console.log(longestCollatzSequence(14));

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Challenge: Problem 14: Longest Collatz sequence

Link to the challenge:
https://www.freecodecamp.org/learn/coding-interview-prep/project-euler/problem-14-longest-collatz-sequence

I think you need to remove console.log("this is where the max length was") and console.log(maxLim) and your code will pass all test.

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Thanks that worked, I did not know that doing console.logs like that to verify what was going on would mess with testing the code.