# What is the opposite and reciprocal of 5?

Mar 17, 2018

$- \frac{1}{5}$

#### Explanation:

The opposite of $5$ is $- 5$.

The reciprocal of a fraction is obtained by interchanging the numerator and the denominator. In other words, by inverting the fraction.

So in this case, if it's still $5$, or $\frac{5}{1}$, it's now $\frac{1}{5}$.

And since you said "opposite and reciprocal," it is $- \frac{1}{5}$.

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