What is the difference between a reciprocal of a number and a opposite of the number?
When you multiply a reciprocal with its original number, the result is 1.
When you add the opposite to its original number, the result is 0.
¼ is the reciprocal of 4
-7 is the opposite of 7
The reciprocal of a number is its inverse under multiplication.
The opposite of a number is its inverse under addition.
#1 * x = x * 1 = x#
#x * 1/x = 1/x * x = 1#
#0 + x = x + 0 = x#
#x + (-x) = (-x)+x = 0#
So for example the reciprocal of