When a number is divided by 1 than the resultant number is said to be the reciprocal of the original number.

**For example: **Let’s take a number say 5. To find the reciprocal of 5 simply divide 5 by 1.

Original number is 5, its reciprocal will be ** 1/5**. This doesn’t mean that if you divide 5 by 1 and you will get

**this will be the decimal and not the reciprocal.**

*0.2*Finding reciprocal is like flipping the number upside down. Like if we have to find the reciprocal of a fraction simply flip the number.

**For example: **Let’s take a fraction ** 3/7**. To find its reciprocal simply flip the number and its reciprocal becomes

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*7/3*## Reciprocal in Algebra

Just like finding reciprocal of a number, in algebra also we flip the variable or divide it by 1 to find the reciprocal of a variable. Like reciprocal of ** x **will be

*x/1.***For example: **Let’s take a variable ** xy/z. **To find its reciprocal flip the variable and u will get

*z/xy.*If we reciprocate the reciprocal of an original variable or number we will get back the original value. Like the reciprocal of **a/b** will be **b/a **and we see its reciprocal we will get the original value that is *a/b.*