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#1 2005-12-08 06:39:58

Sari
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Reciprocal help!

I understand that to find the reciprocal of something you switch the numerator with the denominator, but how would you solve a more complex problem like this?

Find the reciprocal of:   (-1/2)(6/3)

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Sari

#2 2005-12-08 06:57:31

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Re: Reciprocal help!

(6/3)=2...
2(-1/2)=-1...
the reciprocal of -1 is always -1


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#3 2005-12-08 07:02:20

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Re: Reciprocal help!

Thank you!

I switched it and got -0/1, but that didn't make sense. I forgot the rule that -1 is always -1.

#4 2005-12-08 07:32:11

irspow
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Re: Reciprocal help!

All "whole" numbers have a denominator of 1 not 0.

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