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Multiplicative inverse

In mathematics, a multiplicative inverse or reciprocal for a number x, denoted by 1/x or x−1, is a number which when multiplied by x yields the multiplicative identity, 1. The multiplicative inverse of a fractiona/b is b/a. For the multiplicative inverse of a real number, divide 1 by the number. For example, the reciprocal of 5 is one fifth (1/5 or 0.2), and the reciprocal of 0.25 is 1 divided by 0.25, or 4. The reciprocal function, the function f(x) that maps x to 1/x, is one of the simplest examples of a function which is self-inverse.

The term reciprocal was in common use at least as far back as the third edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica(1797) to describe two numbers whose product is 1; geometrical quantities in inverse proportion are described as reciprocall in a 1570 translation ofEuclid's Elements.

In the phrase multiplicative inverse, the qualifier multiplicative is often omitted and then tacitly understood (in contrast to the additive inverse). Multiplicative inverses can be defined over many mathematical domains as well as numbers. In these cases it can happen that ab â‰  ba; then "inverse" typically implies that an element is both a left and right inverse.

Examples and counterexamples

Zero does not have a finite reciprocal because no real number multiplied by 0 produces 1. With the exception of zero, reciprocals of every complex number are complex, reciprocals of every real number are real, and reciprocals of every rational number are rational. The imaginary units, ± = Â± are the only numbers with additive inverse equal to multiplicative inverse. For example, additive and multiplicative inverses of are −() = − and 1/ = −, respectively.

To approximate the reciprocal of x, using only multiplication and subtraction, one can guess a number y, and then repeatedly replace y with 2y − xy2. Once the change in y becomes (and stays) sufficiently small, y is an approximation of the reciprocal of x.

In constructive mathematics, for a real number x to have a reciprocal, it is not sufficient that x≠ 0. There must instead be given a rational number r such that 0 < r < |x|. In terms of the approximation algorithm in the previous paragraph, this is needed to prove that the change in y will eventually become arbitrarily small.

In modular arithmetic, the modular multiplicative inverse of a is also defined: it is the number x such that ax ≡ 1 (mod n). This multiplicative inverse exists if and only ifa and n are coprime. For example, the inverse of 3 modulo 11 is 4 because 4 · 3 ≡ 1 (mod 11). The extended Euclidean algorithm may be used to compute it.

The sedenions are an algebra in which every nonzero element has a multiplicative inverse, but which nonetheless has divisors of zero, i.e. nonzero elements x, y such that xy = 0.

A square matrix has an inverse if and only if its determinant has an inverse in the coefficient ring. The linear map that has the matrix A−1 with respect to some base is then the reciprocal function of the map having A as matrix in the same base. Thus, the two distinct notions of the inverse of a function are strongly related in this case, while they must be carefully distinguished in the general case (see below).

The trigonometric functions are related by the reciprocal identity: the cotangent is the reciprocal of the tangent; the secant is the reciprocal of the cosine; the cosecant is the reciprocal of the sine.

It is important to distinguish the reciprocal of a function ƒ in the multiplicative sense, given by 1/ƒ, from the reciprocal or inverse functionwith respect to composition, denoted by ƒ−1 and defined by ƒ o ƒ−1 = id. Only for linear maps are they strongly related (see above), while they are completely different for all other cases. The terminology difference reciprocal versus inverse is not sufficient to make this distinction, since many authors prefer the opposite naming convention, probably for historical reasons (for example in French, the inverse function is preferably called application réciproque).

A ring in which every nonzero element has a multiplicative inverse is a division ring; likewise an algebra in which this holds is a division algebra.

Practical applications

The multiplicative inverse has innumerable applications in algorithms

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Question:The question says to "graph each absolute- value function. Then graph the inverse on the same coordinate plane." I know how to graph, but how do you get the inverse?

Answers:To get the inverse of a function, first substitute x for y and y for x. Then solve for y. Example. Original: y=2x+5 New: x=2y+5, 2y=x+5, y=(x+5)/2 Example. Original: y=x^3 New: x=y^3, y=cube root(x)

Question:I am having the hardest time with this one. Any help would be appreciated! Find the inverse function of f(x)=1/2x+1 Thank you!!! I meant 1 divided by 2x+1

Answers:Did you mean 1/2 x or 1/(2x)? The person before me answered the question for 1/(2x). If the question is 1/2 x, the steps would be: y= 1/2 x + 1 Switch x and y. x= 1/2 y + 1 Subtract 1 from both sides. x - 1 = 1/2 y Multiply both sides by 2 in order to isolate y. 2 (x - 1) = y Rearrange the equation. y = 2 (x - 1) or, if you distribute the 2, the answer is: y = 2x - 2

Question:1.Graph the function . Find the range of the function given that the domain of the function is all real numbers x, except x /=/ 0. Draw a chart to show at least four ordered pairs that are on the graph. y = 2/x y equals 2 divided by x. now I want you to graph but I have no idea how to find the coordinates. Can someone help me or give me a few coordinates, I bearly understand this so if u explain as well, please don't be vague and brief. I repeat, dont! lolz

Answers:This is not Linear or an Inverse just y = f(x) = 2*(1/x) Four points : "plug in" a 1,2,3, and 4 everywhere you see an (x) and "simplify" the fractions f(1) = (2/1) = 2 f(2) = (2/2) =1 f(3) = (2/3) = 2/3 f(4) = (2/4) = 1/2 Your picture is here http://tinypic.com/r/fl8q5j/7 find 1 on x axis draw a vertical line "up" until it reaches the graph. then draw a horizontal line from the same point on the graph to the y axis. this is the y value (or f(1) value) point is read (x=1,y=2) find 2 on x axis draw a vertical line "up" until it reaches the graph. then draw a horizontal line from the same point on the graph to the y axis. this is the y value (or f(2) value) points are read (x=2,y=1) find 3 on x axis draw a vertical line "up" until it reaches the graph. then draw a horizontal line from the same point on the graph to the y axis. this is the y value (or f(3) value) points are read (x=3,y=2/3) find 4 on x axis draw a vertical line "up" until it reaches the graph. then draw a horizontal line from the same point on the graph to the y axis. this is the y value (or f(?) value) points are read (x=4,y=1/?)

Question:how do you find the inverse of functions such as log(3x+2) and ln(x-2)+1

Answers:suppose y = log (3x+2), to attain an inverse, let's suppose x = log(3y+2) now let's solve for y x = log(3y+2) 10^x = 3y+2 10^x-2 = 3y (10^x-2)/3 = y for ln we know it is just log base e.

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Functions 10 Inverse of a Function :Defines the inverse of a function, an inverse function, and shows how to find the inverse of 1-1 functions. Youtube videos by Julie Harland are organized at yourmathgal

College Algebra: Finding the Inverse of a Function :www.mindbites.com This lesson will show you how to take the approach you would use for calculating the inverse of a 2X2 square matrix in finding the inverse of a 3X3 square matrix. Once you find the inverse matrix, you should be able to multiply the original matrix by the inverse matrix and get the identity matrix. The identification of the inverse of 3X3 square matrices begins with finding the determinant (or scalar) of the full 3X3 matrix followed by finding the determinant of subcomponents of that 3X3 matrix (finding the minor determinants). Once all determinants are found, you'll apply a sign chart to the resulting 3X3 matrix and flip the matrix across its diagonal. The last step will be to multiply your result by the reciprocal of the determinant of the original 3X3 matrix. You would be able to use this same approach to find the inverse of a larger square matrix (4X4 or larger), but the calculation thereof would be very cumbersome. For Professor Burger's lesson on finding inverses of 2X2 matrices, check out www.mindbites.com Taught by Professor Edward Burger, this lesson was selected from a broader, comprehensive course, College Algebra. This course and others are available from Thinkwell, Inc. The full course can be found at www.thinkwell.com The full course covers equations and inequalities, relations and functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations, conic sections and a variety of other AP algebra ...