Why not use 1/x directly in functions?

magrittr's pipeable operator replacements

operator: x^y
functional alternative: x %>% raise_to_power(y)

# Define a harmonic acres to hectares function
harmonic_acres_to_hectares <- function(acres) {
  acres %>% 
    # Get the reciprocal
    raise_to_power(-1) %>%
    # Convert acres to hectares
    acres_to_hectares() %>% 
    # Get the reciprocal again

I am curious why don't use 1/x directly?

The reason is for the same reason that the pipe is motivated, which is readability