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### Course: Middle school math (India)>Unit 6

Lesson 3: Cube roots

# Simplifying a cube root

Simplifying Radical Expressions1. Created by Sal Khan and Monterey Institute for Technology and Education.

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• how do you find all the real fourth roots of numbers?
• Square root it and do it again. Thats all
• Why did the cube root of -1 turn out to be -1 ????
• I see that people already answered to this question, but to make these kinds of things simpler, just look at the numbers. Even numbers(power) will always change negatives to positives, for example, -1 to the 100th power will equal 1. On the other hand, you might have as well guessed, odd numbers(power) will make the number stay as a negative, for example: -1 to the 99th power is -1. So even if they ask you a question with big powers, you can always see if the power is a even number or a odd number to determine if they number will be a negative or a positive number.
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• None of the videos deal with fractions. How would I go about finding the square root of fractions? Can they not be simplified?
• I think you solve the fractions the same way the ones shown above are solved you just divide the common factors instead of multiplying them.
• Is there a video of where he goes through the rules of how you know what something is divisible by?

It's another part of my swiss cheese math brain I need filled in.
• I'm trying to do the pythogrean theorem but in the answer block it asks for a simplified radical and i watched this video but it still does not make any sense...
any ideas?
• A radical expression is an expression that includes the root of a number. Am I right in guessing that the answer space for the pythagorean theorem problems includes a regular box and a box under a square root sign? If so, then you simply need to simplify the square root of the answer.
For instance, if you had a right triangle with legs 2 and 4 and hypotenuse c, then you use the pythagorean theorem, which is a^2 + b^2 = c^2.
Add the squares of the legs (a and b in the equation above) to get 2^2 + 4^2 = 4 + 16 = 20.
To get c, you take the square root of a^2 + b^2, so c is equal to sqrt 20.
Because 4 times 5 = 20, you can get sqrt 20 = sqrt (4 x 5)
This simplifies into (sqrt 4) x (sqrt 5) = 2 x (sqrt 5), which would be the answer.
Hope that this helps!
• In the Simplifying Radicals video, u simplyfied the radical by using the following formula:

Problem: simplify the square root of 72
Step 1) the square root of 72 = the square root of 36x2
2) the square root of 36x2 = 36 squared x 2 squared
3) the square root of 36 = 6
Answer: 6 x the square root of 2

In this video u simplified radicals by using a factor tree. Which formula should I use???
• you can use the factor tree or any prime factorization method that you find useful because they all work. using the factor tree is helpful at first because it lais out all the primes and is easy to count when grouping together the primes.
• so a square root is like dividing the number by 2
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• No, though there is a connection with square roots and the number 2. Multiplying 2 of the same number (8*8, 2*2, 5*5) results in a square number.
A square root is working backwards. Finding a square root is the same as asking, "What number, when multiplied by itself, equals the number I'm trying to find the square root of?"

I hope that helped.
• how would you solve if you had a radical with a number then multiple variables in it