This is a C Program for counting the number of nodes present in a tree using recursion.

Here in this problem we will be finding the total number of nodes present in a given tree using C Language.

**Case 1. Balanced Tree:**When the weight is equal on both the sides of root.

25 / \ 27 19 / \ / \ 17 91 13 55

**Output: 7**

**Case 2. Right Skewed Tree:**When the nodes at every level just have a right child.

1 \ 2 \ 3 \ 4 \ 5

**Output: 5**

**Case 3. Tree having just one node**

15

**Output: 1**

1. In order to count the number of nodes in a tree we just need to traverse the whole tree once. We can use any of the traversal techniques to count the number of nodes.

2. We have to take a count variable and initialize it with 0 and for each node which we traverse we just have to increase the value of count.

Here is source code of the C Program for counting the number of nodes present in a tree. The program is successfully compiled and tested using Codeblocks gnu/gcc compiler on windows 10. The program output is also shown below.

`/* C Program for counting the number of nodes in a Tree */`

`#include <stdio.h>`

`#include <stdlib.h>`

`struct node`

`{`

int info;

struct node *left, *right;

};

struct node *createnode(int key)

`{`

struct node *newnode = (struct node*)malloc(sizeof(struct node));

newnode->info = key;

newnode->left = NULL;

newnode->right = NULL;

return(newnode);

`}`

static int count = 0;

int countnodes(struct node *root)

`{`

if(root != NULL)

`{`

countnodes(root->left);

`count++;`

countnodes(root->right);

`}`

return count;

`}`

`/*`

`* Main Function`

`*/`

int main()

`{`

`/* Creating first Tree. */`

struct node *newnode = createnode(25);

newnode->left = createnode(27);

newnode->right = createnode(19);

newnode->left->left = createnode(17);

newnode->left->right = createnode(91);

newnode->right->left = createnode(13);

newnode->right->right = createnode(55);

`/* Sample Tree 1:`

`* 25`

`* / \`

`* 27 19`

`* / \ / \`

`* 17 91 13 55`

`*/`

printf("Number of nodes in tree 1 = %d ",countnodes(newnode));

printf("\n");

count = 0;

`/* Creating second Tree. */`

struct node *node = createnode(1);

node->right = createnode(2);

node->right->right = createnode(3);

node->right->right->right = createnode(4);

node->right->right->right->right = createnode(5);

`/* Sample Tree 2: Right Skewed Tree (Unbalanced).`

`* 1`

`* \`

`* 2`

`* \`

`* 3`

`* \`

`* 4`

`* \`

`* 5`

`*/`

printf("Number of nodes in tree 2 = %d ",countnodes(node));

printf("\n");

count = 0;

`/* Creating third Tree. */`

struct node *root = createnode(15);

`/* Sample Tree 3- Tree having just one root node.`

`* 15`

`*/`

printf("Number of nodes in tree 3 = %d",countnodes(root));

return 0;

`}`

Program contains two important functions.

1. **createnode(key);**

This function helps to create a new node by allocating it a memory dynamically. It has just one parameter which is “key” which assigns value to the node thereby creating a fresh node having left and right child as “NULL”.

2. **countnodes(struct node *root);**

In this function we have traversed the left and right subtree and increased the count variable which counts the total number of nodes present in the left and the right subtree. The traversal technique which we have used here is inorder traversal of a tree, by first passing root->left then instead of printing the root->data as a next step of inorder traversal we increase the count variable and then we have passed the root->right to traverse the right subtree and count the total number of nodes present in the right subtree.

Number of nodes in tree 1 = 7 Number of nodes in tree 2 = 5 Number of nodes in tree 3 = 1

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