# resolving a fraction

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hey, I have a field where the user inputs a number, and it can be a fraction, I could have 2 fields where it's like <field> / <field> but I don't want to do that. I need to seperate the fraction ie (2/3 = 2, and 3) and I devised a way to do that :
[code]
for(\$x = 1; \$x <= 100; \$x++)
{\$temp = \$input*\$x;
if((\$temp/\$x) == \$input)
{\$num1 = \$temp;
\$num2 = \$x;
break;
}
}
[/code]

it only reads the first half of the fraction, if I were to multiply \$input by \$x, it does this:
input will be 2/3 and \$x will be 3, you'd think the output would be 2, right? it comes out as 6, it ignores what is after the "/" is there any way to resolve the fraction? ie, 2/3 = .6666... and go from there? thanks!

-J
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alright, this was an interesting question, so i did a little testing. first off, you can do this two ways. first, you can extract the numerator and denominator separately and THEN run the fraction:

[code]\$components = explode('/', \$_POST['fraction']);
if (count(\$components) > 1)
{
it's an array with \$components[0] as numerator, \$components[1] as denominator
}
else
{
it's just a number
}[/code]

a warning about using this method: it isn't exceptionally good at error-checking. if the user puts in more than one slash, it will only use the first and second numbers if you use \$components[0] and \$components[1].

otherwise, you can use the eval() function to process the \$_POST['fraction'] as though it were an actual statement:

[code]eval("\\$decimal = {\$_POST['fraction']};");[/code]

if \$_POST['fraction'] was "2/3" for example, what eval() would run is:

[code]\$decimal = 2/3;[/code]

which is what you're after. this also takes care of the case that the number is not a fraction, since \$decimal will just be assigned to the number.

hope this helps.
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thanks, that was exactly what I needed, also my "fraction finder" script shown above was extremely flawed notice
[code]
{\$temp = \$input*\$x;
if((\$temp/\$x) == \$input)
// that was just stupid
[/code]
so I needed all the help I could get, thanks again!
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