Explaining additive and multiplicative inverses By: Giovanna Q. McNeil
Explaining additive and multiplicative inverses.One way that you can think about inverses in mathematics is to think about opposite operations. Example: addition is the inverse operation to subtractionExample 2: happy is the opposite of sad.
The additive inverses of a number is the same number with the opposite sign. When we add a number to its additive inverse, the sum will always be. Example1: 5 is -5 because 5+-5=0. Example 2: -3 is 3 because -3+3=0
When we multiply by its multiplicative inverse. The product is always 1. Example 1: the multiplicative inverse of 3 is 1/3 because 3x 1/3=1 Example 2: 4/5 is 5/4 because 4/5·5/4=1