## Downward Hollow Triangle with given base size and left offset

Printing downward hollow triangle with given base size and left offset.

## Learning Objectives

- Learn the logic of leaving spaces before printing a character and then after the character for internal spaces while printing patterns.

## Source Code

`#include <iostream>`

using namespace std;

int main()

{

int n=5;

int i,j,k=n*2+1;

int sp;

int g=2;

for (i=1; i<n+3; i++)

{

for (sp=1; sp<=g; sp++) cout << " ";

for (j=k; j>=1; j--)

{

if(j==k || j==1 || i==1) cout << '*';

else cout << ' ';

}

cout << endl;

k-=2;

g++;

}

return 0;

}

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## Run Output

## Code Understanding

**int n=5; ** //Number of base units where actual base size would be 2*n+1

**int i,j,k=n*2+1;**

**i,j,k** are loop indexes. **k=n*2+1** as the first row will be the base in downward triangle

**int sp;** //For space counting before the printing of first * in a given row

**int g=2;** //Initial gap or left offset of the whole downward triangle.

**for (i=1; i<n+3; i++) //Outer loop to print rows**

**{**

**for (sp=1; sp<=g; sp++) cout << ” “;** //Loop to print initial spaces before first character

**for (j=k; j>=1; j–)** //Internal loop to print each row element

**{**

**if(j==k || j==1 || i==1) cout << ‘*’;**

This condition is to print * only when given condition is met.

**else cout << ‘ ‘;**

This space would be internal spaces within the triangle

**}**

**cout << endl; **//new line after each row is printed

**k-=2;** //Preparing internal loop count for next iteration

**g++;** //Preparing initial gap for next iteration

**}**

## Code Notes

- One can produce a filled triangle by filling a different character in the internal loop.

## Common Errors

- This code is definitely highly error prone. Students are advised to experiment with different loop settings to get every thing correctly.

**Suggested Filename(s): **dnholtri.cpp

sunmitra| Created: 28-Jan-2018 | Updated: 28-Jan-2018|