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Function PHASE


phase number => phase

Arguments and Values:

number---a number.

phase---a number.


phase returns the phase of number (the angle part of its polar representation) in radians, in the range -<PI> (exclusive) if minus zero is not supported, or -<PI> (inclusive) if minus zero is supported, to <PI> (inclusive). The phase of a positive real number is zero; that of a negative real number is <PI>. The phase of zero is defined to be zero.

If number is a complex float, the result is a float of the same type as the components of number. If number is a float, the result is a float of the same type. If number is a rational or a complex rational, the result is a single float.

The branch cut for phase lies along the negative real axis, continuous with quadrant II. The range consists of that portion of the real axis between -<PI> (exclusive) and <PI> (inclusive).

The mathematical definition of phase is as follows:

(phase x) = (atan (imagpart x) (realpart x))


 (phase 1) =>  0.0s0
 (phase 0) =>  0.0s0
 (phase (cis 30)) =>  -1.4159266
 (phase #c(0 1)) =>  1.5707964

Side Effects: None.

Affected By: None.

Exceptional Situations:

Should signal type-error if its argument is not a number. Might signal arithmetic-error.

See Also:

Section (Rule of Float Substitutability)

Notes: None.

The following X3J13 cleanup issues, not part of the specification, apply to this section:

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