# Reciprocals

## What Is a Reciprocal?

The reciprocal of a quantity is the result of dividing 1 by that quantity.

### Dictionary Definition

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a reciprocal as "based on an inverse relationship."

## Real Examples of Reciprocals

The reciprocal can't be found for numbers, letters and more complicated quantities, like terms and expressions.

Type of Quantity | Quantity | Reciprocal |
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Numbers | ||

Letters | ||

Terms | ||

Expressions | ||

## Reciprocals of Fractions

To find the reciprocal of a fraction, 1 is divided by the fraction.

Dividing 1 by a fraction turns the fraction upside down.