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### Square Root Notation

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Date: 11/14/2001 at 22:44:22
From: Jacot Ramirez
Subject: Square roots

Where do you write the answer to a square root?
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Date: 11/15/2001 at 08:59:27
From: Doctor Peterson
Subject: Re: Square roots

Hi, Jacob.

If you are simply stating the answer, you will write it as an
equation, using the radical symbol merely as a notation that says you
are taking the square root:
___
\/ 9  = 3

There is one way to calculate a root in which you treat the radical
sign as a device for calculating similar to the long division
notation:

__3__4_
\/ 11 56
9
--
6?*?   2 56
64*4 = 2 56
----
0

Here you write the answer above, with one digit over each pair of
digits in the "radicand." But you only do this when you are using this
method.

Longhand Square Roots
http://mathforum.org/dr.math/problems/tim3.30.98.html

- Doctor Peterson, The Math Forum
http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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Middle School Square Roots

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