Given a number **N** which denotes the number of stairs, the task is to reach the **N ^{th}** stair by taking 1, 2 steps any number of times and taking a step of 3 exactly once.

**Examples:**

Input:N = 4Output:2Explanation:

Since a step of 3 has to be taken compulsorily and only once,

There are only two possible ways: (1, 3) or (3, 1)Input:N = 5Output:5Explanation:

Since a step of 3 has to be taken compulsorily and only once,

There are only 5 possible ways:

(1, 1, 3), (1, 3, 1), (3, 1, 1), (2, 3), (3, 2)

**Approach:** This problem can be solved using Dynamic Programming. To Reach N^{th} stair the person should be on (N – 1)^{th}, (N – 2)^{th} or (N – 3)^{th}. So, To reach N^{th} stair from the base Reach (N – 1)^{th} stair which includes exact only one step of 3, Reach (N – 2)^{th} step with the steps which inclues exactly one step of 3 and Reach the (N – 3)^{th} step without taking any step of 3.

So, The Recurrence Relation for this problem will be –

includes_3[i] = includes_3[i-1] + includes_3[i-2] + not_includes[i-3]

whereas, the Recurrence relation when the 3 number of steps at a time is not allowed is

not_includes[i] = not_includes[i – 1] + not_includes[i – 2]

Below is the implementation of the above approach.

## C++

`// C++ implementation to find the number` `// the number of ways to reach Nth stair` `// by taking 1, 2 step at a time and` `// 3 Steps at a time exactly once.` `#include <iostream>` `using` `namespace` `std;` `// Function to find the number` `// the number of ways to reach Nth stair` `int` `number_of_ways(` `int` `n)` `{` ` ` `// Array including number` ` ` `// of ways that includes 3` ` ` `int` `includes_3[n + 1] = {};` ` ` `// Array including number of` ` ` `// ways that doesn't includes 3` ` ` `int` `not_includes_3[n + 1] = {};` ` ` `// Intially to reach 3 stairs by` ` ` `// taking 3 steps can be` ` ` `// reached by 1 way` ` ` `includes_3[3] = 1;` ` ` `not_includes_3[1] = 1;` ` ` `not_includes_3[2] = 2;` ` ` `not_includes_3[3] = 3;` ` ` `// Loop to find the number` ` ` `// the number of ways to reach Nth stair` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = 4; i <= n; i++) {` ` ` `includes_3[i]` ` ` `= includes_3[i - 1] + includes_3[i - 2] + not_includes_3[i - 3];` ` ` `not_includes_3[i]` ` ` `= not_includes_3[i - 1] + not_includes_3[i - 2];` ` ` `}` ` ` `return` `includes_3[n];` `}` `// Driver Code` `int` `main()` `{` ` ` `int` `n = 7;` ` ` `cout << number_of_ways(n);` ` ` `return` `0;` `}` |

## Java

`// Java implementation to find the number` `// the number of ways to reach Nth stair` `// by taking 1, 2 step at a time and` `// 3 Steps at a time exactly once.` `class` `GFG` `{` `// Function to find the number` `// the number of ways to reach Nth stair` `static` `int` `number_of_ways(` `int` `n)` `{` ` ` `// Array including number` ` ` `// of ways that includes 3` ` ` `int` `[]includes_3 = ` `new` `int` `[n + ` `1` `];` ` ` ` ` `// Array including number of` ` ` `// ways that doesn't includes 3` ` ` `int` `[]not_includes_3 = ` `new` `int` `[n + ` `1` `];` ` ` `// Intially to reach 3 stairs by` ` ` `// taking 3 steps can be` ` ` `// reached by 1 way` ` ` `includes_3[` `3` `] = ` `1` `;` ` ` `not_includes_3[` `1` `] = ` `1` `;` ` ` `not_includes_3[` `2` `] = ` `2` `;` ` ` `not_includes_3[` `3` `] = ` `3` `;` ` ` `// Loop to find the number` ` ` `// the number of ways to reach Nth stair` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = ` `4` `; i <= n; i++)` ` ` `{` ` ` `includes_3[i]` ` ` `= includes_3[i - ` `1` `] + includes_3[i - ` `2` `] +` ` ` `not_includes_3[i - ` `3` `];` ` ` `not_includes_3[i]` ` ` `= not_includes_3[i - ` `1` `] + not_includes_3[i - ` `2` `];` ` ` `}` ` ` `return` `includes_3[n];` `}` `// Driver Code` `public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)` `{` ` ` `int` `n = ` `7` `;` ` ` `System.out.print(number_of_ways(n));` `}` `}` `// This code is contributed by Rajput-Ji` |

## Python3

`# Python3 implementation to find the number` `# the number of ways to reach Nth stair` `# by taking 1, 2 step at a time and` `# 3 Steps at a time exactly once.` `# Function to find the number` `# the number of ways to reach Nth stair` `def` `number_of_ways(n):` ` ` ` ` `# Array including number` ` ` `# of ways that includes 3` ` ` `includes_3 ` `=` `[` `0` `]` `*` `(n ` `+` `1` `)` ` ` `# Array including number of` ` ` `# ways that doesn't includes 3` ` ` `not_includes_3 ` `=` `[` `0` `] ` `*` `(n ` `+` `1` `)` ` ` `# Intially to reach 3 stairs by` ` ` `# taking 3 steps can be` ` ` `# reached by 1 way` ` ` `includes_3[` `3` `] ` `=` `1` ` ` `not_includes_3[` `1` `] ` `=` `1` ` ` `not_includes_3[` `2` `] ` `=` `2` ` ` `not_includes_3[` `3` `] ` `=` `3` ` ` `# Loop to find the number` ` ` `# the number of ways to reach Nth stair` ` ` `for` `i ` `in` `range` `(` `4` `, n ` `+` `1` `):` ` ` `includes_3[i] ` `=` `includes_3[i ` `-` `1` `] ` `+` `\` ` ` `includes_3[i ` `-` `2` `] ` `+` `\` ` ` `not_includes_3[i ` `-` `3` `]` ` ` `not_includes_3[i] ` `=` `not_includes_3[i ` `-` `1` `] ` `+` `\` ` ` `not_includes_3[i ` `-` `2` `]` ` ` `return` `includes_3[n]` `# Driver Code` `n ` `=` `7` `print` `(number_of_ways(n))` `# This code is contributed by mohit kumar 29` |

## C#

`// C# implementation to find the number` `// the number of ways to reach Nth stair` `// by taking 1, 2 step at a time and` `// 3 Steps at a time exactly once.` `using` `System;` `class` `GFG` `{` `// Function to find the number` `// the number of ways to reach Nth stair` `static` `int` `number_of_ways(` `int` `n)` `{` ` ` `// Array including number` ` ` `// of ways that includes 3` ` ` `int` `[]includes_3 = ` `new` `int` `[n + 1];` ` ` ` ` `// Array including number of` ` ` `// ways that doesn't includes 3` ` ` `int` `[]not_includes_3 = ` `new` `int` `[n + 1];` ` ` `// Intially to reach 3 stairs by` ` ` `// taking 3 steps can be` ` ` `// reached by 1 way` ` ` `includes_3[3] = 1;` ` ` `not_includes_3[1] = 1;` ` ` `not_includes_3[2] = 2;` ` ` `not_includes_3[3] = 3;` ` ` `// Loop to find the number` ` ` `// the number of ways to reach Nth stair` ` ` `for` `(` `int` `i = 4; i <= n; i++)` ` ` `{` ` ` `includes_3[i]` ` ` `= includes_3[i - 1] + includes_3[i - 2] +` ` ` `not_includes_3[i - 3];` ` ` `not_includes_3[i]` ` ` `= not_includes_3[i - 1] + not_includes_3[i - 2];` ` ` `}` ` ` `return` `includes_3[n];` `}` `// Driver Code` `public` `static` `void` `Main(String[] args)` `{` ` ` `int` `n = 7;` ` ` `Console.Write(number_of_ways(n));` `}` `}` `// This code is contributed by PrinciRaj1992` |

## Javascript

`<script>` `// JavaScript implementation to find the number` `// the number of ways to reach Nth stair` `// by taking 1, 2 step at a time and` `// 3 Steps at a time exactly once.` `// Function to find the number` `// the number of ways to reach Nth stair` `function` `number_of_ways(n)` `{` ` ` `// Array including number` ` ` `// of ways that includes 3` ` ` `let includes_3 = ` `new` `Uint8Array(n + 1);` ` ` `// Array including number of` ` ` `// ways that doesn't includes 3` ` ` `let not_includes_3 = ` `new` `Uint8Array(n + 1);` ` ` `// Intially to reach 3 stairs by` ` ` `// taking 3 steps can be` ` ` `// reached by 1 way` ` ` `includes_3[3] = 1;` ` ` `not_includes_3[1] = 1;` ` ` `not_includes_3[2] = 2;` ` ` `not_includes_3[3] = 3;` ` ` `// Loop to find the number` ` ` `// the number of ways to reach Nth stair` ` ` `for` `(let i = 4; i <= n; i++) {` ` ` `includes_3[i]` ` ` `= includes_3[i - 1] + includes_3[i - 2] + not_includes_3[i - 3];` ` ` `not_includes_3[i]` ` ` `= not_includes_3[i - 1] + not_includes_3[i - 2];` ` ` `}` ` ` `return` `includes_3[n];` `}` `// Driver Code` ` ` `let n = 7;` ` ` `document.write(number_of_ways(n));` `// This code is contributed by Surbhi Tyagi.` `</script>` |

**Output:**

20

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