Function /

Syntax:

/ number => reciprocal

/ numerator &rest denominators+ => quotient

Arguments and Values:

number, denominator---a non-zero number.

numerator, quotient, reciprocal---a number.

Description:

The function / performs division or reciprocation.

If no denominators are supplied, the function / returns the reciprocal of number.

If at least one denominator is supplied, the function / divides the numerator by all of the denominators and returns the resulting quotient.

If each argument is either an integer or a ratio, and the result is not an integer, then it is a ratio.

The function / performs necessary type conversions.

If any argument is a float then the rules of floating-point contagion apply; see Section 12.1.4 (Floating-point Computations).

Examples:

(/ 12 4) =>  3
(/ 13 4) =>  13/4
(/ -8) =>  -1/8
(/ 3 4 5) =>  3/20
(/ 0.5) =>  2.0
(/ 20 5) =>  4
(/ 5 20) =>  1/4
(/ 60 -2 3 5.0) =>  -2.0
(/ 2 #c(2 2)) =>  #C(1/2 -1/2)

Affected By: None.

Exceptional Situations:

The consequences are unspecified if any argument other than the first is zero. If there is only one argument, the consequences are unspecified if it is zero.

Might signal type-error if some argument is not a number. Might signal division-by-zero if division by zero is attempted. Might signal arithmetic-error.

See Also:

Notes: None.

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