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First digit in factorial of a number
• Difficulty Level : Basic
• Last Updated : 05 Apr, 2021

Given a positive integer n, find the first digit in its factorial.

Examples :

```Input  : n = 5
Output : 1
Factorial of 5 is 120 and first
digit is 1.

Input  : 1000
Output : 4```

A simple solution is to compute factorial of number, then find first digit in it.
The above solution causes overflow soon. A better solution is to use the fact that factorial contains trailing 0s and removing trailing 0s does not change first digit. For example, first digit of x * y is same as x * y * 100 for x > 0 and y > 0.

## C++

 `// A C++ program for finding the First digit``// of the large factorial number``#include ``using` `namespace` `std;` `int` `firstDigit(``int` `n)``{``    ``long` `long` `int` `fact = 1;` `    ``for` `(``int` `i = 2; i <= n; i++) {``        ``fact = fact * i;` `        ``// Removing trailing 0s as this``        ``// does not change first digit.``        ``while` `(fact % 10 == 0)``            ``fact = fact / 10;       ``    ``}` `    ``// loop for divide the fact until it``    ``// become the single digit and return``    ``// the fact``    ``while` `(fact >= 10)``        ``fact = fact / 10;``    ` `    ``return` `fact;``}` `// derive main``int` `main()``{``    ``int` `n = 5;``    ``cout << firstDigit(n);``    ``return` `0;``}`

## Java

 `// A Java program for finding the First digit``// of the large factorial number``class` `GFG{``static` `int` `firstDigit(``int` `n)``{``    ``int` `fact = ``1``;` `    ``for` `(``int` `i = ``2``; i <= n; i++) {``        ``fact = fact * i;` `        ``// Removing trailing 0s as this``        ``// does not change first digit.``        ``while` `(fact % ``10` `== ``0``)``            ``fact = fact / ``10``;    ``    ``}` `    ``// loop for divide the fact until it``    ``// become the single digit and return``    ``// the fact``    ``while` `(fact >= ``10``)``        ``fact = fact / ``10``;``    ` `    ``return` `fact;``}` `// derive main``public` `static` `void` `main(String[] args)``{``    ``int` `n = ``5``;``    ``System.out.println(firstDigit(n));``}``}``//This code is contributed by Smitha Dinesh Semwal`

## Python3

 `# Python3 program for finding``# the First digit of the``# large factorial number``import` `math``def` `firstDigit(n) :``    ``fact ``=` `1` `    ``for` `i ``in` `range``(``2``, n ``+` `1``) :``        ``fact ``=` `fact ``*` `i` `        ``# Removing trailing 0s``        ``# as this does not``        ``# change first digit.``        ``while` `(fact ``%` `10` `=``=` `0``) :``            ``fact ``=` `int``(fact ``/` `10``)` `    ``# loop for divide the fact``    ``# until it become the single``    ``# digit and return the fact` `    ``while` `(fact >``=` `10``) :``        ``fact ``=` `int``(fact ``/` `10``)``    ` `    ``return` `math.floor(fact)` `# Driver Code``n ``=` `5``print` `(firstDigit(n))` `# This code is contributed by``# Manish Shaw(manishshaw1)`

## C#

 `// A C# program for finding the First digit``// of the large factorial number``using` `System;` `class` `GFG {``    ` `    ``static` `int` `firstDigit(``int` `n)``    ``{``        ``int` `fact = 1;``    ` `        ``for` `(``int` `i = 2; i <= n; i++)``        ``{``            ``fact = fact * i;``    ` `            ``// Removing trailing 0s as this``            ``// does not change first digit.``            ``while` `(fact % 10 == 0)``                ``fact = fact / 10;    ``        ``}``    ` `        ``// loop for divide the fact until``        ``// it become the single digit and``        ``// return the fact``        ``while` `(fact >= 10)``            ``fact = fact / 10;``        ` `        ``return` `fact;``    ``}``    ` `    ``// driver function``    ``public` `static` `void` `Main()``    ``{``        ``int` `n = 5;``        ` `        ``Console.Write(firstDigit(n));``    ``}``}` `// This code is contributed by parashar.`

## PHP

 `= 10)``        ``\$fact` `= ``\$fact` `/ 10;``    ` `    ``return` `floor``(``\$fact``);``}` `// Driver Code``\$n` `= 5;``echo` `firstDigit(``\$n``);` `// This code is contributed by aj_36.``?>`

## Javascript

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Output :
`1`

The above code also fails for slightly higher values. The best idea seems to be to find factorial of large number and then find first digit.

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