# How do you write the reciprocal number of 5?

Oct 19, 2016

Reciprocal of $5 = \frac{1}{5} \mathmr{and} 0.2$

#### Explanation:

A reciprocal is a whole number or fraction with the numerator (top) and denominator (bottom) flipped

In this case, it is a whole number, $5$. All whole numbers are fractions over $1$

So, $5$ as a fraction would be: $\frac{5}{1}$

To get its reciprocal, switch the numerator $\left(5\right)$ and denominator $\left(1\right)$

So the numerator becomes the denominator and the denominator becomes the numerator

$\frac{1}{5}$

If you want the reciprocal of $5$ as a decimal, just divide the fraction. Because, remember, fractions are just division problems.

$1 \div 5 = 0.2$

Reciprocal of $5 = \frac{1}{5} \mathmr{and} 0.2$