## reciprocalOne over a given number; for example, the reciprocal of 4 is ¼. More generally, the reciprocal of a number a is the number b
such that a.b = 1. With real numbers,
the reciprocal of a = 1/a for all a except 0
(1/0 has no meaning). With imaginary
numbers this is true also: the reciprocal of i
is 1/i, which can be expressed as i/i^{2}
and hence as -i. (See also inverse.)
The reciprocal trigonometric functions, cosec, sec, and
cot are defined as follows: cosec A = 1/sin A; sec A
= 1/cos A; cot A = 1/tan A. ## Related categories• ARITHMETIC• MATHEMATICAL TERMONOLOGY | |||||

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