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Inside Macintosh: QuickDraw GX Environment and Utilities /
Chapter 8 - QuickDraw GX Mathematics / QuickDraw GX Mathematics Reference
Mathematical Functions / Fixed-Point Operations


You can use the FractDivide function to return the quotient of a dividend and divisor.

fract FractDivide (fract dividend, fract divisor);
The number to be divided.
The number by which the dividend is to be divided.
function result
The quotient of two numbers.
The FractDivide function divides the dividend parameter by the divisor parameter and returns the quotient. If the dividend parameter is a and the divisor parameter is b, the quotient a / b is returned.

The format of the number returned depends on the respective number formats of the dividend and divisor. The operation has a bias of 30 bits; in general, the bias of the resulting number is the difference between the biases of the input numbers, shifted left by 30 bits. Thus if the divisor is a fract, the result is the same format as the dividend. If the divisor and the dividend parameters are the same format, the result is in fract format, as shown inTable 8-6. The dashed line indicates that the resulting bias is not equivalent to long, fixed, or fract. Use the rules of the operation to determine it
FractDivide result bias

In the case of division of a large number by a very small number,the FractDivide function pins its result to either the gxPositiveInfinity or the gxNegativeInfinity constant.

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