returns the first coefficient of an ordinal
Major Section:  PROGRAMMING

An ACL2 ordinal is either a natural number or, for an infinite ordinal, a list whose elements are exponent-coefficient pairs (see o-p). In the latter case, this function returns the cdr of the first pair in the list. In the case of a natural number, this function returns the ordinal itself (since a natural number, n, can be thought of as (w^0)n).

For the corresponding exponent, see o-first-expt.