**Question:** What is the answer to SELECT 3/2?

**Answer:** In integer math, it is 1. A lot of people especially those coming from MySQL or MS Access backgrounds are surprised to find out that in PostgreSQL
`3/2 = 1`

. They view this as some sort of bug.

In actuality, the fact that 3/2 = 1 and 1/3 = 0 is part of the ANSI/ISO-SQL standard
that states mathematical operations between two values must be of the same data type of one of the values (not necessarily the same scale and precision though). This is not some idiosyncracy specific to PostgreSQL.
If you try the same operation in SQL Server, SQLite,FireBird, and some other ANSI/ISO SQL compliant databases, you will get the same results. So it seems MySQL and MS Access are the odd-balls in this arena, but arguably more practical.