# Inverse element facts for kids

The **inverse element** is the opposite of a number or equation. The inverses of in addition is (called the additive inverse), and or in multiplication (called the multiplicative inverse, or reciprocal).

In general, given an element *g* in a group *S* equipped with an operation , an inverse element of *g* is an element *g** such that and are both equal to the identity element (of the group). Other examples of inverse include inverse function and matrix inverse.

## Related pages

- Field (mathematics), a set equipped with additive inverses and multiplicative inverses (except for zero)

## See also

In Spanish: Elemento simétrico para niños

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