reciprocal


Definition of Reciprocal

  • If the product of two numbers is 1, then the two numbers are said to be reciprocals of each other.
  • In other words, a reciprocal is the multiplicative inverse of a number.
  • The reciprocal of ‘a’ is .

Examples of Reciprocal

  • Consider .
    9 is the reciprocal of
     is the reciprocal of 9.
  • The following are few examples of reciprocals.

Solved Example on Reciprocal

Find the reciprocal of
Choices:
A. 
B. 
C.   5 × 2
D.  1
Correct Answer: A
Solution:
Step 1: The reciprocal of  is .     [Interchange numerator and denominator of ]

Related Terms for Reciprocal

  • Product
  • Multiplicative Inverse