# Preorder Traversal of binary trees

To preorder a non-empty binary tree, below operations are preformed recursively of each node

1. visiting the root node
2. traversing the left subtree
3. traversing the right subtree

the word βpreβ specifies that the root node is accessed prior to any other node from the left and right subtrees

lets see one example:

step1: in the above binary tree, A is the root node so it accessed first, then in pre-order next priority will be left subtree root node B

step2: now, B is the root node so be will be accessed and next the left subtree root D will be accessed

step 3: now, D is the root node so be will be accessed and next the left subtree root G will be accessed

step 4:G is the root node, there are no child nodes for the G node, so the next again parent node of G node, D node will be accessed to perform preorder traverse of the right subtree

step 5:after moving from node G , node D will be accessed then left subtree of node D is completed so, right subtree will be accessed, right subtree tree contains node H

step 6:after moving from node H, then its parent node D will be accessed, now the preorder operation is done on both left and right subtree of node D,so next node B will be accessed, from the node B , right subtree node E will be accessed

step 7:after moving from node E, then its parent node B will be accessed, now the preorder operation is done on both left and right subtree of node B,so next node A will be accessed, from the node A , right subtree node C will be accessed

step 8:from node C , left subtree root will be node F, node F will be accessed

step 9:there is no left subtree for node F, so right sub-tree root node I will be accessed

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