Properties of One

Pronunciation: /ˈpɹɑp.ər.tiz ʌv wʌn/ Explain

The number 1 has several important properties that are useful in algebra. Table 1 gives these properties.

PropertyDescriptionEquationMore Information
Multiplication by 1 Anything times one equals itself. a · 1 = 1 · a = a Property of Multiplication by 1
Division by 1 Anything divided by one remains unchanged. a / 1 = a Property of Division by 1
Exponent of 1 Any number raised to the power of 1 equals itself. a1 = anone
Idempotence1 is idempotent under multiplication and exponentiation. 1 · 1 = 1, 11 = 1 Idempotence
Table 1: Properties of one.

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McAdams, David E. Properties of One. 4/20/2019. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC.

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