What Is a Reciprocal?
The reciprocal of a quantity is the result of dividing 1 by that quantity.
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.
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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.