Numbers \(1\) and \(-1\) are opposite numbers because they are equidistant from zero (one box or one unit).
Opposite numbers are two numbers whose distance from the origin of the coordinate axis (to zero) is the same but differ by a sign.
These numbers differ by a sign, with only one number to the right of zero (\(1\)) and the other to the left of zero (\(-1\)).
The opposite numbers for \(-2\) is \(2\); \(-3\) is \(3\); \(-4\) is \(4\) and so on.
The number opposite to zero is zero.
Do not confuse opposite numbers with inverse numbers.
The inverse of a number is called a fraction.
The inverse of is .
You can also determine the inverse of a negative number:
The inverse of number is .
To get an inverse number, swap the denominator of the part with the numerator, the sign remains the same.