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Field of fractions of an integral domain
Dom::Fraction(R)
Dom::Fraction(R)(r)
Dom::Fraction(R) creates a domain which represents the field of fractions of the integral domain R.
An element of the domain Dom::Fraction(R) has two operands, the numerator and denominator.
If Dom::Fraction(R) has the axiom Ax::canonicalRep (see below), the denominators have unit normal form and the gcds of numerators and denominators cancel.
The domain Dom::Fraction(Dom::Integer) represents the field of rational numbers. But the created domain is not the domain Dom::Rational, because it uses a different representation of its elements. Arithmetic in Dom::Rational is much more efficient than it is in Dom::Fraction(Dom::Integer).
If r is a rational expression, then an element of the field of fractions Dom::Fraction(R) is created by going through the operands of r and converting each operand into an element of R. The result of this process is r in the form , where x and y are elements of R. If R has Cat::GcdDomain, then x and y are coprime.
If one of the operands can not be converted into the domain R, an error message is issued.
We define the field of rational functions over the rationals:
F := Dom::Fraction(Dom::Polynomial(Dom::Rational))
and create an element of F:
a := F(y/(x - 1) + 1/(x + 1))
To calculate with such elements use the standard arithmetical operators:
2*a, 1/a, a*a
Some system functions are overloaded for elements of domains generated by Dom::Fraction, such as diff, numer or denom (see the description of the corresponding methods "diff", "numer" and "denom" above).
For example, to differentiate the fraction a with respect to x enter:
diff(a, x)
If one knows the variables in advance, then using the domain Dom::DistributedPolynomial yields a more efficient arithmetic of rational functions:
Fxy := Dom::Fraction( Dom::DistributedPolynomial([x, y], Dom::Rational) )
b := Fxy(y/(x - 1) + 1/(x + 1)): b^3
We create the field of rational numbers as the field of fractions of the integers, i.e., :
Q := Dom::Fraction(Dom::Integer): Q(1/3)
domtype(%)
Another representation of ℚ in MuPAD^{®} is the domain Dom::Rational where the rationals are of the kernel domains DOM_INT and DOM_RAT. Therefore it is much more efficient to work with Dom::Rational than with Dom::Fraction(Dom::Integer).
R |
An integral domain, i.e., a domain of category Cat::IntegralDomain |
r |
A rational expression, or an element of R |
"characteristic" | is the characteristic of R. |
"coeffRing" | is the integral domain R. |
"one" | is the one of the field of fractions of R, i.e., the fraction 1. |
"zero" | is the zero of the field of fractions of R, i.e., the fraction 0. |