Reciprocals Of Fractions


Reciprocal Of A Fraction

Reciprocals are used when dividing fractions.

To find the reciprocal of a fraction, flip it over, so that
the numerator becomes the denominator and the
denominator becomes the numerator. This is called
inverting the fraction.

Example:  The reciprocal of 6/8 is 8/6

reciprocal of a fraction

In the case of a whole number, think of it as having a
denominator of 1:

Example:  The reciprocal of 7 is 1/7.

reciprocal of 7

Reciprocal of a mixed number or mixed Fraction
Change the mixed number into an improper fraction then invert
(flip it over). example


A fraction multiply by its reciprocal, the product (answer) is 1  Example:

fraction multiply by its reciprocal

Every number has a reciprocal except for 0.