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## Pre-algebra

### Unit 11: Lesson 1

Square roots & cube roots- Intro to square roots
- Square roots of perfect squares
- Square roots
- Intro to cube roots
- Cube roots
- Worked example: Cube root of a negative number
- Equations with square roots & cube roots
- Square root of decimal
- Roots of decimals & fractions
- Equations with square roots: decimals & fractions
- Dimensions of a cube from its volume
- Square and cube challenge
- Square roots review
- Cube roots review

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# Square root of decimal

CCSS.Math:

Learn how to find the square root of a decimal number. The problem solved in this video is p^2 = 0.81.

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- What if the number was a fraction? Would I try to just simplify it down to shortest terms possible in decimal form and work from there? I have a problem of finding the square root of 49/81.(2 votes)
- Don't change to a decimal.

You just need to take the square root of each part.

For example: sqrt(16/25) = sqrt(16)/sqrt(25) = 4/5

Hope this helps.(61 votes)

- Isn't -0.9 squared equal to -0.81. Technically, (-0.9) squared is the answer. Use the calculator. I think I am right. Am I?(13 votes)
- -0.9 squared is equal to 0.81, not -0.81. Any number squared is a positive number.(26 votes)

- at2:09why does he put the plus or minus sign?(10 votes)
- When we multiply +9 x +9 we get 81 also when we multiply -9 x -9 we still get 81. so the square root can be + or - 9. therefore he writes + and - as the root can be either in + or -.(27 votes)

- What if the decimal doesn't go in as easily as .9 to .81?(2 votes)
- That's what I'm struggling with to.:/ @Lloyd Christmas(2 votes)

- what about number like the square root of 1.69 or 4.84?(5 votes)
- Find the square root of 169 (no decimal points). It = 13.

Then figure out how many decimal points you need in your answer. 1.3 x1.3 = 1.69.

So, sqrt(1.69) = 1.3

Alternatively, do them as fractions. 1.69 = 169/100

sqrt(169/100) = sqrt(169) / sqrt(100) = 13/10 = 1.3(29 votes)

- At1:47Sal counts the number of decimal points in the expression, in order to find the number of decimal points in the answer. I've seen this been done before, and I'm familiar with using the technique, but I'm wondering why it works. I've simply taken my teachers word and simply assumed it works because my teacher said so. But now I'm actually curious, why does this technique, for finding the number of decimal places in the answer, work?(15 votes)
- You can understand it by switching to scientific notation. A number like a•10^3 • b•10^4 is solved by adding the exponents on the tens, showing that when you multiply two numbers, the number of digits in them add up (or are at most one off).(1 vote)

- What if the decimal does not go in as easy as 0.9 to 0.81?(4 votes)
- Since we break square roots into pairs of numbers, it would be no different than trying to find the square root of 3 or 5 or 41. These would equate to .03, .05, or .41. If it is a perfect square whole number, then two places would make it a perfect square decimal. (.01, .04, .09, .16, .25, .36, .49, .64, .81, or even .0121, .0144, etc.). All other decimals form the same struggle as whole numbers. The reason is that .81 = 81/100 and 100 is always a perfect square, so you get 9/10=.9. If you try .55, that gives 55/100 which you can take square root of denominator, but not the numerator 55.(4 votes)

- What if the number was a fraction? Would I try to just simplify it down to shortest terms possible in decimal form and work from there? I have a problem of finding the square root of 49/81(3 votes)
- Well, for help on finding the square root of your fraction. I know that 7 x 7 is 49. And that 81 is 9 x 9. So then you would put 7/9 as your answer. Knowing at least your 12 x 12 times tables really helps with these things! But yes, generally you would want to simply your answer.
*I hope I was able to help! <3*(4 votes)

- 0.81 times 0.81 gives 0.6561 on the calculator.

Squared literally means multiplication by itself 2 times.

Why is this answer wrong?(4 votes)- You squared 0.81.

Square root is not the same as squaring a number. It reverses the process of squaring a number.

The**square root**of 0.81 = 0.9 because 0.9*0.9 = 0.81

Hope this helps.(0 votes)

- what does the plus or minius symbol mean?(2 votes)
- It means either plus or minus, so 5 ± 3 means 5+3=8 OR 5-3=2(4 votes)

## Video transcript

- Let's see if we can solve the equation P squared is equal to 0.81. So how could we think about this? Well one thing we could
do is we could say, look if P squared is equal to 0.81, another way of expressing
this is, that well, that means that P is going to be equal
to the positive or negative square root of 0.81. Remember if we just wrote
the square root symbol here, that means the principal root, or just the positive square root. But here P could be positive
or negative, because if you square it, if you square
even a negative number, you're still going to
get a positive value. So we could write that P is equal to the plus or minus square root of 0.81, which kind of helps us, it's another way of expressing the same,
the same, equation. But still, what could P be? In your brain, you might
immediately say, well okay, you know if this was P
squared is equal to 81, I kinda know what's going on. Because I know that nine
times nine is equal to 81. Or we could write that nine
squared is equal to 81, or we could write that nine is equal to the principal root of 81. These are all, I guess,
saying the same truth about the universe, but what about 0.81? Well 0.81 has two digits behind,
to the right of the decimal and so if I were to
multiply something that has one digit to the right of
the decimal times itself, I'm gonna have something with two digits to the right of the decimal. And so what happens if I
take, instead of nine squared, what happens if I take 0.9 squared? Let me try that out. Zero, I'm gonna use a different color. So let's say I took 0.9 squared. 0.9 squared, well that's going to be 0.9 times 0.9, which is going to be equal to? Well nine times nine is 81,
and I have one, two, numbers to the right of the decimal,
so I'm gonna have two numbers to the right of
the decimal in the product. So one, two. So that
indeed is equal to 0.81. In fact we could write
0.81 as 0.9 squared. So we could write this,
we could write that P is equal to the plus or
minus, the square root of, instead of writing 0.81, I could write that as 0.9 squared. In fact I could also write
that as negative 0.9 squared. Cause if you put a negative
here and a negative here, it's still not going to change the value. A negative times a negative
is going to be a positive. I could, actually I would
have put a negative there, which would have implied a negative here and a negative there. So either of those are going to be true. But it's going to work out for us because we are taking the
positive and negative square root. So this is going to be, P is going to be equal
to plus or minus 0.9. Plus or minus 0.9, or we could write it that P is equal to 0.9, or P could be equal to negative 0.9. And you can verify that, you would square either of
these things, you get 0.81.