```Hi all,

Another question about Rational#power!.  I tried this

irb(main):001:0> 2.power!(-2)
NoMethodError: undefined method `power!' for 2:Fixnum
from (irb):1
irb(main):002:0> require 'rational'
=> true
irb(main):003:0> 2.power!(-2)
=> 0.25 # huh?

That returns 0.25.  However, I would have expected Rational(1, 4).  Based on
the code in rational, it looks like power! is an alias for **, and ** is an
alias for rpower.  So, based on the rpower method, I would think that a
negative value for +other+ would call Rational.new! and return a Rational.

Or do I have it wrong?

from rational.rb:

class Fixnum
undef quo
# If Rational is defined, returns a Rational number instead of a Fixnum.
def quo(other)
Rational.new!(self,1) / other
end
alias rdiv quo

# Returns a Rational number if the result is in fact rational (i.e. +other+
< 0).
def rpower (other)
if other >= 0
self.power!(other)
else
Rational.new!(self,1)**other
end
end

unless defined? 1.power!
alias power! **
alias ** rpower
end
end

Ideas?  Thanks.

Dan

```