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What is a reciprocal and why does it need to be calculated?



This question is part of 10 - MATHS - UNIT 3. ALGEBRA
Asked by Padasalaim, Last updated: Jan 16, 2020

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c.Dorothy

C.Dorothy

Answered Feb 28, 2018

A reciprocal is also sometimes called a multiplicative inverse. The reciprocal is one of a pair of numbers that when multiplied together equals 1. Being able to reduce a number to a fraction makes it easier to find the reciprocal. Simply transposing the numerator and the denominator in a reciprocal fraction will allow you to find the reciprocal. If you want to find the reciprocal of a whole number the best method would be to turn the number into a fraction in which the original number...Read More
 

John Smith

John Smith

Answered Feb 04, 2017

Reciprocals are important when it comes to dividing fractions, finding perpendicular lines, and dealing with inverse proportions.

 

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