Factorial Calculator  
This program computes the exact factorial value for any given argument from 0 to 9999. Because factorials can become extremely large very quickly, this program is limited to 9999 as the maximum argument value and it could take up to several seconds to compute very large factorial values.
The EXACT value of 0 factorial is shown below and consists of 1 digit. Processing time was 0.000018 sec.
The following PHP function is used as the foundation for the above program. It computes the full, arbitraryprecision value of the factorial of any given nonnegative integer argument.
A factorial is also a permutation (a specific linear sequence) in which case, the order of the items matters. The factorial of N tells us the total count of the unique ways that N people could be lined up from left to right for a group photograph or how may distinct rdigit numerical values can be formed using N base 10 digits. NOTE: This function should be used with caution, since it can result in extremely large factorial values. For example, even though the function could handle arguments greater than 9999, the factorial of 9999 equates to a 35656digit number. It may take up to several seconds to compute extremely large factorial values with the possibility of a timeout if too extreme. /* ======================================================================== This function computes the arbitraryprecision factorial of a positive integer argument. Author : Jay Tanner 2014 Language : PHP v5.4.7 License : This source code is released under the provisions of the GNU Affero General Public License (AGPL), version 3. http://www.gnu.org/licenses/agpl.html  Input argument must be a positive integer. Any decimal value will be truncated to an integer value without rounding, but negative values are invalid and will return FALSE. ERRORS: FALSE is returned on error if N is nonnumeric or N < 0 ======================================================================== */ function bcN_Factorial ($PosInt="0") { $N = trim($PosInt); if (!is_numeric($N) or $N < 0) {return FALSE;} $P = 1; for ($k=1; $k <= $N; $k++) { $P = bcmul($P, $k); } return $P; }So, if the factorial of nonnegative integer N simply equates to the product all of the integers from 1 up to N multiplied together, then why does the factorial of 0 equate to 1? The reason it equates to 1 is essentially due to a definition based on physical logic. Physically, the value of the factorial represents a count of the number of distinct ways that N distinct entities can be arranged in a row. There is only 1 physical way that 0 (zero) entities can be arranged in a row. Even though it equates to an empty set, and essentially a moot point, it still counts as one. Hence, by definition, zero factorial (0!) equates to 1. Jay Tanner  2017
