# python how many moves to get to zero

I have tried to do this task in a lot of ways but none of it works.

The user enters a natural number n. In one move, its largest digit is subtracted from the number. In the next move, its highest digit is subtracted from the result, etc. The program needs to determine and print how many moves it takes to get to zero. For example, number 24 requires five moves (24 → 20 → 18 → 10 → 9 → 0).

Here is what I’ve done so far. I know how to find the largest digit but how can I put this into a loop to substract largest digit from result ?

``````num = int(input("Enter natural number "))

if num <= 0:
print("That is not a natural number")
else:
max = 0
while num > 0:
digit = num % 10
if max < digit:
max = digit
num = num // 10
print("Largest Digit is : ", max)
``````

### >Solution :

You could try with a string and `max`:

``````num = int(input("Enter natural number "))

if num <= 0:
print("That is not a natural number")
else:
ntimes = 0
while num > 0:
num -= int(max(str(num)))
ntimes += 1
print(ntimes)
``````

Output:

``````5
``````