When a description of an arithmetic operator below uses the phrase
``the numeric arguments are converted to a common type,'' the
arguments are coerced using the coercion rules listed at the end of
chapter 3. If both arguments are standard numeric
types, the following coercions are applied:

If either argument is a complex number, the other is converted
to complex;

otherwise, if either argument is a floating point number,
the other is converted to floating point;

otherwise, if either argument is a long integer,
the other is converted to long integer;

otherwise, both must be plain integers and no conversion
is necessary.

Some additional rules apply for certain operators (e.g., a string left
argument to the `%' operator). Extensions can define their own
coercions.