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# Meaning of the reciprocal

Reciprocals are essential in understanding fractions. To find the reciprocal of a fraction, simply swap the numerator and the denominator. The product of a number and its reciprocal always equals 1. Reciprocals help us determine how many times a specific fraction fits into the whole number 1, making them valuable in various mathematical operations. Created by Sal Khan.

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• I don't really think I understand
• Well, the reciprocal is just swap the fraction, like the reciprocal of 1/2 is 2/1. Hope this helped!
• Hey guys Honestly there is a way easier way it is called KCF which is aka keep, change, flip (KFC IS KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN).

1/2 divided by 5
keep 1/2 change dividing into multiplying flip 5 into 1/5 now solve which = 1/10

I hope this helps
-QUEEN⚔
• That is what I'm learning in class.
• I don't get it, what does reciprocals mean please?
• The reciprocal is simply just the fraction but flipped upside down, so 2/3 will become 3/2, hope it answered your question!
• Sharing this visualisation I had to doodle to pin down reciprocals :
``0            2/3 ×   1|------l------l------| (=)0             1  ÷  3/2``
• ya idont get it
• Why is it called the reciprocals
• It's from the latin "reciprocus" which means returning, hope it helps!
• Remember this cheat sheet. KCF: Keep Change Flip. Sounds like off-brand KFC...
• How does simply flipping a fraction immediately give you the amount of times that fraction goes into 1?