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Instructions

Test suite

Solution

A rational number is defined as the quotient of two integers `a`

and `b`

, called the numerator and denominator, respectively, where `b != 0`

.

The absolute value `|r|`

of the rational number `r = a/b`

is equal to `|a|/|b|`

.

The sum of two rational numbers `r₁ = a₁/b₁`

and `r₂ = a₂/b₂`

is `r₁ + r₂ = a₁/b₁ + a₂/b₂ = (a₁ * b₂ + a₂ * b₁) / (b₁ * b₂)`

.

The difference of two rational numbers `r₁ = a₁/b₁`

and `r₂ = a₂/b₂`

is `r₁ - r₂ = a₁/b₁ - a₂/b₂ = (a₁ * b₂ - a₂ * b₁) / (b₁ * b₂)`

.

The product (multiplication) of two rational numbers `r₁ = a₁/b₁`

and `r₂ = a₂/b₂`

is `r₁ * r₂ = (a₁ * a₂) / (b₁ * b₂)`

.

Dividing a rational number `r₁ = a₁/b₁`

by another `r₂ = a₂/b₂`

is `r₁ / r₂ = (a₁ * b₂) / (a₂ * b₁)`

if `a₂`

is not zero.

Exponentiation of a rational number `r = a/b`

to a non-negative integer power `n`

is `r^n = (a^n)/(b^n)`

.

Exponentiation of a rational number `r = a/b`

to a negative integer power `n`

is `r^n = (b^m)/(a^m)`

, where `m = |n|`

.

Exponentiation of a rational number `r = a/b`

to a real (floating-point) number `x`

is the quotient `(a^x)/(b^x)`

, which is a real number.

Exponentiation of a real number `x`

to a rational number `r = a/b`

is `x^(a/b) = root(x^a, b)`

, where `root(p, q)`

is the `q`

th root of `p`

.

Implement the following operations:

- addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of two rational numbers,
- absolute value, exponentiation of a given rational number to an integer power, exponentiation of a given rational number to a real (floating-point) power, exponentiation of a real number to a rational number.

Your implementation of rational numbers should always be reduced to lowest terms. For example, `4/4`

should reduce to `1/1`

, `30/60`

should reduce to `1/2`

, `12/8`

should reduce to `3/2`

, etc. To reduce a rational number `r = a/b`

, divide `a`

and `b`

by the greatest common divisor (gcd) of `a`

and `b`

. So, for example, `gcd(12, 8) = 4`

, so `r = 12/8`

can be reduced to `(12/4)/(8/4) = 3/2`

.

Assume that the programming language you are using does not have an implementation of rational numbers.

Go through the setup instructions for Javascript to install the necessary dependencies:

https://exercism.io/tracks/javascript/installation

Please `cd`

into exercise directory before running all below commands.

Install assignment dependencies:

```
$ npm install
```

Execute the tests with:

```
$ npm test
```

In the test suites all tests but the first have been skipped.

Once you get a test passing, you can enable the next one by changing `xtest`

to
`test`

.

Once you have a solution ready, you can submit it using:

```
exercism submit rational-numbers.js
```

It's possible to submit an incomplete solution so you can see how others have completed the exercise.

```
import { Rational } from './rational-numbers';
describe('Addition', () => {
test('Add two positive rational numbers', () => {
const expected = new Rational(7, 6);
expect(new Rational(1, 2).add(new Rational(2, 3))).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Add a positive rational number and a negative rational number', () => {
const expected = new Rational(-1, 6);
expect(new Rational(1, 2).add(new Rational(-2, 3))).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Add two negative rational numbers', () => {
const expected = new Rational(-7, 6);
expect(new Rational(-1, 2).add(new Rational(-2, 3))).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Add a rational number to its additive inverse', () => {
const expected = new Rational(0, 1);
expect(new Rational(1, 2).add(new Rational(-1, 2))).toEqual(expected);
});
});
describe('Subtraction', () => {
xtest('Subtract two positive rational numbers', () => {
const expected = new Rational(-1, 6);
expect(new Rational(1, 2).sub(new Rational(2, 3))).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Subtract a positive rational number and a negative rational number', () => {
const expected = new Rational(7, 6);
expect(new Rational(1, 2).sub(new Rational(-2, 3))).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Subtract two negative rational numbers', () => {
const expected = new Rational(1, 6);
expect(new Rational(-1, 2).sub(new Rational(-2, 3))).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Subtract a rational number from itself', () => {
const expected = new Rational(0, 1);
expect(new Rational(1, 2).sub(new Rational(1, 2))).toEqual(expected);
});
});
describe('Multiplication', () => {
xtest('Multiply two positive rational numbers', () => {
const expected = new Rational(1, 3);
expect(new Rational(1, 2).mul(new Rational(2, 3))).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Multiply a negative rational number by a positive rational number', () => {
const expected = new Rational(-1, 3);
expect(new Rational(-1, 2).mul(new Rational(2, 3))).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Multiply two negative rational numbers', () => {
const expected = new Rational(1, 3);
expect(new Rational(-1, 2).mul(new Rational(-2, 3))).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Multiply a rational number by its reciprocal', () => {
const expected = new Rational(1, 1);
expect(new Rational(1, 2).mul(new Rational(2, 1))).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Multiply a rational number by 1', () => {
const expected = new Rational(1, 2);
expect(new Rational(1, 2).mul(new Rational(1, 1))).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Multiply a rational number by 0', () => {
const expected = new Rational(0, 1);
expect(new Rational(1, 2).mul(new Rational(0, 1))).toEqual(expected);
});
});
describe('Division', () => {
xtest('Divide two positive rational numbers', () => {
const expected = new Rational(3, 4);
expect(new Rational(1, 2).div(new Rational(2, 3))).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Divide a positive rational number by a negative rational number', () => {
const expected = new Rational(-3, 4);
expect(new Rational(1, 2).div(new Rational(-2, 3))).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Divide two negative rational numbers', () => {
const expected = new Rational(3, 4);
expect(new Rational(-1, 2).div(new Rational(-2, 3))).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Divide a rational number by 1', () => {
const expected = new Rational(1, 2);
expect(new Rational(1, 2).div(new Rational(1, 1))).toEqual(expected);
});
});
describe('Absolute value', () => {
xtest('Absolute value of a positive rational number', () => {
const expected = new Rational(1, 2);
expect(new Rational(1, 2).abs()).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Absolute value of a negative rational number', () => {
const expected = new Rational(1, 2);
expect(new Rational(-1, 2).abs()).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Absolute value of zero', () => {
const expected = new Rational(0, 1);
expect(new Rational(0, 1).abs()).toEqual(expected);
});
});
describe('Exponentiation of a rational number', () => {
xtest('Raise a positive rational number to a positive integer power', () => {
const expected = new Rational(1, 8);
expect(new Rational(1, 2).exprational(3)).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Raise a negative rational number to a positive integer power', () => {
const expected = new Rational(-1, 8);
expect(new Rational(-1, 2).exprational(3)).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Raise zero to an integer power', () => {
const expected = new Rational(0, 1);
expect(new Rational(0, 1).exprational(5)).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Raise one to an integer power', () => {
const expected = new Rational(1, 1);
expect(new Rational(1, 1).exprational(4)).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Raise a positive rational number to the power of zero', () => {
const expected = new Rational(1, 1);
expect(new Rational(1, 2).exprational(0)).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Raise a negative rational number to the power of zero', () => {
const expected = new Rational(1, 1);
expect(new Rational(-1, 2).exprational(0)).toEqual(expected);
});
});
describe('Exponentiation of a real number to a rational number', () => {
xtest('Raise a real number to a positive rational number', () => {
const expected = 16.0;
expect(new Rational(4, 3).expreal(8)).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Raise a real number to a negative rational number', () => {
expect(new Rational(-1, 2).expreal(9)).toBeCloseTo(0.33, 2);
});
xtest('Raise a real number to a zero rational number', () => {
const expected = 1.0;
expect(new Rational(0, 1).expreal(2)).toEqual(expected);
});
});
describe('Reduction to lowest terms', () => {
xtest('Reduce a positive rational number to lowest terms', () => {
const expected = new Rational(1, 2);
expect(new Rational(2, 4).reduce()).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Reduce a negative rational number to lowest terms', () => {
const expected = new Rational(-2, 3);
expect(new Rational(-4, 6).reduce()).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Reduce a rational number with a negative denominator to lowest terms', () => {
const expected = new Rational(-1, 3);
expect(new Rational(3, -9).reduce()).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Reduce zero to lowest terms', () => {
const expected = new Rational(0, 1);
expect(new Rational(0, 6).reduce()).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Reduce an integer to lowest terms', () => {
const expected = new Rational(-2, 1);
expect(new Rational(-14, 7).reduce()).toEqual(expected);
});
xtest('Reduce one to lowest terms', () => {
const expected = new Rational(1, 1);
expect(new Rational(13, 13).reduce()).toEqual(expected);
});
});
```

```
export class Rational {
constructor(a, b) {
this.a = a;
this.b = b;
}
add({ a, b }) {
return new Rational(this.a * b + a * this.b, this.b * b).reduce();
}
sub({ a, b }) {
return new Rational(this.a * b - a * this.b, this.b * b).reduce();
}
mul({ a, b }) {
return new Rational(this.a * a, this.b * b).reduce();
}
div({ a, b }) {
return new Rational(this.a * b, a * this.b).reduce();
}
abs() {
return new Rational(Math.abs(this.a), Math.abs(this.b));
}
exprational(n) {
return new Rational(this.a ** n, this.b ** n).reduce();
}
expreal(x) {
return Math.round((x ** this.a) ** (1 / this.b) * 100) / 100;
}
reduce() {
const gcd = this.getGCD(this.a, this.b);
this.a /= gcd;
this.b /= gcd;
return this.flip();
}
getGCD(a, b) {
let x = Math.abs(a);
let y = Math.abs(b);
if (x === 0) {
return y;
}
if (y === 0) {
return x;
}
if (x > y) {
if (x % y === 0) {
return y;
} else {
const tmpY = y;
y = x % y;
x = tmpY;
return this.getGCD(x, y);
}
} else {
if (y % x === 0) {
return x;
} else {
const tmpX = x;
x = y % x;
y = tmpX;
return this.getGCD(y, x);
}
}
}
flip() {
if (this.b < 0) {
this.a *= -1;
this.b *= -1;
}
return this;
}
}
```

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