The positive numbers 1, 2, 3... are known as natural numbers. The program below takes a positive integer from the user and calculates the sum up to the given number.

You can find the sum of natural numbers using loop as well. However, you will learn to solve this problem using recursion here.

## Example: Sum of Natural Numbers Using Recursion

```
public class AddNumbers {
public static void main(String[] args) {
int number = 20;
int sum = addNumbers(number);
System.out.println("Sum = " + sum);
}
public static int addNumbers(int num) {
if (num != 0)
return num + addNumbers(num - 1);
else
return num;
}
}
```

**Output**

Sum = 210

The number whose sum is to be found is stored in a variable `number`.

Initially, the `addNumbers()`

is called from the `main()`

function with 20 passed as an argument.

The `number` (20) is added to the result of `addNumbers(19)`

.

In the next function call from `addNumbers()`

to `addNumbers()`

, 19 is passed which is added to the result of `addNumbers(18)`

. This process continues until `num` is equal to 0.

When `num` is equal to 0, there is no recursive call and this returns the sum of integers to the `main()`

function.