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Fractions and the Fraction Constructor

 Calling Sequence Fraction(x, y)

Parameters

 x - expression y - (optional) expression

Description

 • A fraction is represented by the form signed_integer / natural_number with all common factors removed. Like integers, fractions can be of arbitrary length.
 • The Fraction(x, y) constructor function returns the following types of objects for the indicated values of x and y.
 • x if x is already a rational and y is not included in the calling sequence; Fraction(x) returns Fraction(x,1) otherwise.
 • rational if x and y are integers and y <> 0, representing x/y. If, after reduction to lowest terms, the denominator of this rational is 1, then the result is replaced by the corresponding integer.
 • Fraction(x1*y2, x2*y1), if either of x or y is a rational, where x1 = numer(Fraction(x)), x2 = denom(Fraction(x)), y1 = numer(Fraction(y)), and y2 = denom(Fraction(y)).
 • infinity if x = infinity (symbolic) and y > 0 is an integer, or if x = -infinity (symbolic) and y < 0 is an integer, or if x > 0 is an integer and y = 0 (exact). If y = 0, this signals Divide by 0.
 • -infinity if x = -infinity (symbolic) and y > 0 is an integer, or if x = infinity (symbolic) and y < 0 is an integer, or if x < 0 is an integer and y = 0 (exact). If y = 0, this signals Divide by 0.
 • Returns the symbol undefined if x and y are both exact integer 0's or are both symbolic infinities.
 • x if x is a symbolic undefined (y can be anything).
 • y if y is a symbolic undefined and x is not.
 • 0 if x is finite and y is infinite.
 • Fraction(Re(x), y) + I * Fraction(Im(x), y) if x is of type nonreal.
 • unevaluated otherwise.
 • The numerator and denominator of a rational number are obtained by using the numer and denom routines, respectively.

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