# Position after taking N steps to the right and left in an alternate manner

Given three integers N, A, and B. A person is standing at 0-th coordinate and moves A steps to the right in the first step, B steps to the left at the second step, and so on. The task is to find out at which coordinate he will be after N steps.
Examples:

Input: N = 3, A = 5 and B = 2
Output:
5 to the right, 2 to the left and 5 to the right, hence the person will end at 8.
Input: N = 5, A = 1 and B = 10
Output: -17

Approach: Since the person takes the odd number step to right and even the number of steps to the left, we have to find out the number difference in steps in either direction. Hence, the formula obtained will be thus:

[((n+1)/2)*a - (n/2)*b]

Below is the implementation of the above approach:

## C++

 // C++ program to find the last coordinate // where it ends his journey #include using namespace std;   // Function to return the last destination int lastCoordinate(int n, int a, int b) {     return ((n + 1) / 2) * a - (n / 2) * b; }   // Driver Code int main() {     int n = 3, a = 5, b = 2;     cout << lastCoordinate(n, a, b);       return 0; }

## Java

 // Java program to find the last coordinate // where it ends his journey import java.util.*;   class solution {   // Function to return the last destination static int lastCoordinate(int n, int a, int b) {     return ((n + 1) / 2) * a - (n / 2) * b; }   // Driver Code public static void main(String args[]) {     int n = 3, a = 5, b = 2;     System.out.println(lastCoordinate(n, a, b));   } }

## Python

 # Python3 program to find the # last coordinate where it # ends his journey   # Function to return the # last destination def lastCoordinate(n, a, b):     return (((n + 1) // 2) *          a - (n // 2) * b)   # Driver Code n = 3 a = 5 b = 2   print(lastCoordinate(n, a, b))   # This code is contributed # by Sanjit_Prasad

## C#

 // C# program to find the last coordinate // where it ends his journey using System;   class GFG {   // Function to return the last destination public static int lastCoordinate(int n,                                  int a, int b) {     return ((n + 1) / 2) * a - (n / 2) * b; }   // Driver Code public static void Main(string[] args) {     int n = 3, a = 5, b = 2;     Console.WriteLine(lastCoordinate(n, a, b)); } }   // This code is contributed by Shrikant13



## Javascript



Output:

8

Time Complexity: O(1)

Auxiliary Space: O(1)