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Extracting Square Roots in your head 
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#1
Apr1105, 12:45 AM

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What are some good quick ways to Extract Square Roots in your head.
I'm looking for a method that is very prescice and easy thanks, hopefully somebody helps me out 


#2
Jan2910, 10:28 AM

P: 54

All right. I myself am searching for another method, but this is far by the easiest...and the best.
Let me tell you the limitations well in advance:
It is obvious that the square root will have two digits. Let me make it easy to remember: the root of 3 and 4digit numbers is always in 2 digits, while the root 2digit numbers is always a single digit number. The first two digits of 9604 are 96. Which number's square, from 0 to 9, makes 96, or anything atleast close to it? 9, of course (as 9 times 9 equals 81). So the first digit of the root is 9. Now, what is the last digit of our number? 4. Which numbers square from 0 to 9 ends in 4? It is 8 and 2 (as 8*8=64 and 2*2=4). So these are our second digits of our root. The results we get are 98 and 92 for the root. Now we square any one number to see if it is the right root. If the number you square, as in this case, does not produce 9604, the other number is the correct root, i.e. 98. As a final note, remember, if the number has three digits, add a zero behind it before you compute it. For example, 961 becomes 0961. This is done so that you take the first two digits of 3digit numbers, as in the case with the example I just provided, as 09, instead of 96. 


#3
Jan2910, 10:51 AM

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alright say i have 879,683,891,711. That is a 12 digit number. Think of this number as 87 with 10 digits after it. Or if you want to be more precise think of it at 88 with 10 digits after it becuase you can say that 87.9 is approx. 88. The integer square root of 88 is 9x9. But you want to get it correct to some more decimals.
So lets go through another guess which is 9.5. the .5 multiplies by 9 twice, as well as .5. so 9.5 x 9.5 = 9x9 +0.5x9 + 0.5x9 + 0.5x0.5. .5 x 9 twice is 9. so we are already at 81+9 which is 90. thats no good it too high. So now my guess would be that it is 9.38 or something ilke that. But since we have a 12 digit number, we have to shift 9.38 (122)/2 digits over. Which is 5. So my guess would be that it is 938000 is the root. And i havent checked but i can tell you for sure that my answer is friggen close. cheers 


#4
Jan2910, 05:24 PM

P: 42

Extracting Square Roots in your head
Dacruick's method is pretty straightforward and widely applicable. Here's a noteworthy comment:
When Dac' put the long radicand into scientific notation (when he said "Think of this number as 87 with 10 digits after it") he made sure to place the decimal somewhere that would provide an even number of "digits after it". IE 88X10^10 rather than 8.8x10^11. The trick wouldn't have worked otherwise. 


#5
Jan2910, 07:33 PM

P: 22

The method I use is actually quite similar
While dacruick's method is good, it still relies too much on guessing. Instead of guessing, you could try to actually approximate it better First of all, as einsteinoid said, it depends on whether the number has an even number of digits or not. Example: 328: taking 32 would yield 5 as the first digit, and thats not even close to the real answer. So it depends on whether the number of digits is even or odd. In fact, what you're supposed to do is to write the number in a form p x 100^k, with k an integer. By decreasing k, u gain accuracy. So you want to calculate the square root of 879,683,891,711. This number can be written as 87.9683891711 x 100^5 The first perfect square below 87 is 81, so our first digit must be 9. Hence the root of this number will be at least: 9 x 10^5 For the second digit, we rewrite the number to: 8796.83891711 x 100^4 Now we know that the square root of this number is supposed to lie between 90x10^4 and 100x10^4 Furthermore, we also know the difference between 90² and 91² equals to 90+91. Same goes for 91² and 92², the difference between them is 91+92. So for numbers between 90² and 100², we can say that the difference between them and 90² is about 180*(x90). The difference between 8796 and 8100 is about 700, so we could fit 180 3 times in it. (Care has to be taken when it seems to fit almost exactly, in that case we cannot make the approximation that the difference between squares remains constant in the interval). So the next digit must be 3. 93^2 yields (100x86+49) = 8649. Therefore, the root must be at least 93 x 10^4 For the next digit, again we rewrite the number, now looking at the first 6 digits: 879683.891711 x 100^3 This lies between 930² and 940². The difference between squares between 930² and 940² is approximately 1860. Thus we have: 879683  864900 = about 14800. 8x1860 is just a little higher then 14800, so the next digit must be a 7. 937² gives (1000x874+63^2) = 874000 + 7600/2 + 169 = 877969 So our solution will lie between 937x10^3 (note it's 10^3, not 100^3) and 398x10^3. If your mind can still handle it, you could try and do the next digit. As you can see, the longer you repeat this, the closer you will get to the real root. Edit: When looking for the third digit, 8x1860 seemed quite close to 14800, so what happens if u do make the wrong assumption? What if I assumed it was about 15000 and took 8 as the next digit? 938² would give me 1000x876+62^2 = 876000+7400/2 + 144 = 879844 > 879683, so we would have to lower it to 7. 


#6
Jan2910, 08:41 PM

P: 22

I found another way on wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newton'...ot_of_a_number It seems quite simple, but personally I dislike the idea of having to divide by very large numbers. If you don't mind divisions, this method might be the one you're looking for. 


#7
Jan2910, 09:09 PM

P: 42

Ahh, Newton's method is pretty cool!



#8
Jan3010, 12:10 AM

P: 43

Depends how accurate you want to be and what is the purpose.
Usually crude estimates are good enough. 


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