So, for example the reciprocal of 4 is one quarter:
To find the reciprocal of a fraction, simply exchange the top and bottom of the fraction (numerator and denominator). For example: (Recall that any number divided by one leaves it unchanged.)
The reciprocal of a number is one over that number. So for example the reciprocal of 6 is one over 6: This is really the same as the previous case since a number can be written as a fraction with a denominator) of one. For example and so
This is treated the same as a number. It is one over that number. For example: If you use a calculator to divide one by 1.38 you will get 0.725, so:
The reciprocal of a number is sometimes expressed as the number raised to the power of negative one: Raising any quantity the power of -1 is the same as taking its reciprocal.
The reciprocal of a number is also sometimes called its 'multiplicative inverse'.