fraction
A package that helps you dealing with mathematical fractions.
Fraction
which represents fractions in the forma/b
;MixedFraction
which represents mixed fractions in the forma b/c
Working with fractions
You can create an instance of Fraction
using one of its constructors.

Basic: it just requires the numerator and/or the denominator.
final frac = Fraction(3, 5); // 3/5 final frac = Fraction(3, 1); // 3

String: pass the fraction as a string but it has to be wellformed otherwise an exception is thrown.
final frac1 = Fraction.fromString("2/4"); // 2/4 final frac2 = Fraction.fromString("2/4"); // 2/4 final frac3 = Fraction.fromString("2/4"); // Error final frac4 = Fraction.fromString("2"); // 2/1

double: represents a double as a fraction. Note that irrational numbers cannot be converted into a fraction by definition; the constructor has the
precision
parameter which decides how precise the representation has to be.final frac1 = Fraction.fromDouble(1.5); // 3/2 final frac2 = Fraction.fromString(8.5); // 17/2 final frac3 = Fraction.fromString(math.pi); // 208341/66317 final frac4 = Fraction.fromString(math.pi, 1.0E4); // 333/106
The constant
pi
cannot be represented as a fraction because it's an irrational number. The constructor considers onlyprecison
decimal digits to create a fraction. With rational numbers instead you don't have problems.
Thanks to extension methods you can also create a Fraction
object "on the fly" by calling the toFraction()
method on a number or a string.
final f1 = 5.toFraction(); // 5/1
final f2 = 1.5.toFraction(); // 3/2
final f3 = "6/5".toFraction(); // 6/5
The class has a rich API that overloads a lot of operators, for arithmetics and comparisons. The method
reduces
reduces the fraction to the lowest terms.
final fraction = Fraction.fromString("12/20"); // 12/20
fraction.reduce(); // now it's simplified to 3/5
Two fractions are equal if their "cross product" is equal. For example 1/2
and 3/6
are said to be
equivalent because 1*6 = 3*2
(and in fact 3/6
is the same as 1/2
).
Working with mixed fractions
A mixed fraction is made up of a whole part and a proper fraction (a fraction in which numerator <= denominator). It's easy to build a MixedFraction
object:
final f1 = MixedFraction(3, 4, 7);
final f2 = MixedFraction.fromDouble(1.5);
final f3 = MixedFraction.fromString("1 1/2");
There is also the possibility to initialize a MixedFraction
using extension methods:
final f1 = "1 1/2".toMixedFraction();
If you try to create an instance in which the numerator is greater than the denominator, a MixedFractionException
is thrown.