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hi, i dont want it to seem like everytime i have a problem i come to this forum...but i just need to cover all bases b4 my exam in a month...thanks for understanding.

my question is..is there any way to write the following program WITHOUT using a `while`

loop? i just want to use `if`

and `else`

in place of it. when i write my own code...it's filled with errors. i think it's because i mostly use "techniques" from c++.

```
public class ThreeN {
/* This program prints out a 3N+1 sequence
starting from a positive integer specified
by the user. It also counts the number
of terms in the sequence, and prints out
that number. */
public static void main(String[] args) {
int N; // for computing terms in the sequence
int counter; // for counting the terms
TextIO.put("Starting point for sequence: ");
N = TextIO.getlnInt();
while (N <= 0) {
TextIO.put("The starting point must be positive. "
+ " Please try again: ");
N = TextIO.getlnInt();
}
// At this point, we know that N > 0
counter = 0;
while (N != 1) {
if (N % 2 == 0)
N = N / 2;
else
N = 3 * N + 1;
TextIO.putln(N);
counter = counter + 1;
}
TextIO.putln();
TextIO.put("There were ");
TextIO.put(counter);
TextIO.putln(" terms in the sequence.");
} // end of main()
} // end of class ThreeN
```

Thanks for all the help!!!

I'll post what i wrote in a while..i've editted it so many times it doesnt make sense to me anymore.