Square Root
Square root of a number is an inverse operation of squaring a number. The Square of a number is the value of power 2 of the number, while the square root of a number is the number that we need to multiply by itself to get the original number. If 'a' is the square root of 'b', it means that a×a=b. The square of any number is always a positive number, so every number has two square roots, one positive value, and one negative value. For example, both 2 and 2 are square roots of 4. But at most places, you will find that only the positive value is written as the square root.
What Is Square Root?
The square root of a number is the number that gets multiplied to itself to give the product. We have learned about exponents. Squares and square roots are special exponents. Consider the number 9. When 3 multiplied by itself, it gives 9 as the product. When the exponent is 2, it is called a square. When the exponent is 1/2, it is called a square root. For example √(n × n) = √n^{2 }= n, where n is a positive integer.
Square Root Definition
The square root of a number is the value of power 1/2 of that number. In other words, it is the number that we multiply by itself to get the original number. It is represented using the symbol '√ '.
Methods to Find Square Root of Numbers
It is very easy to find the square root of a number that is a perfect square. Perfect squares are those positive numbers that can be written as the multiplication of a number by itself. in other words, perfect squares are numbers which is the value of power 2 of any integer. We can use four methods to find the square root of numbers and those methods are as follows:
 Repeated Subtraction Method of Square Root
 Square Root by Prime Factorization Method
 Square Root by Estimation Method
 Square Root by Long Division Method
Please note that the first three methods can be conveniently used for perfect squares, while the fourth method, i.e long division method can be used for any number whether it is a perfect square or not.
Repeated Subtraction Method of Square Root
This is a very simple method. We will subtract the consecutive odd numbers from the number for which we are finding the square root, till we reach 0. The number of times we subtract is the square root of the given number. This method works only for perfect square numbers. Let us find the square root of 16 using this method.
 16  1 = 15
 15  3 =12
 12  5 = 7
 7 7 = 0
You can observe that we have subtracted 4 times. Thus,√16 = 4
Square Root by Prime Factorization Method
Prime factorization of any number means to represent that number as a product of prime numbers. To find the square root of a given number through the prime factorization method, we follow the steps given below:
 Step 1: Divide the given number into its prime factors.
 Step 2: Form pairs of similar factors such that both factors in each pair are equal.
 Step 3: Take one factor from the pair.
 Step 4: Find the product of the factors obtained by taking one factor from each pair.
 Step 5: That product is the square root of the given number.
Let us find the square root of 144 by this method.
This method works when the given number is a perfect square number.
Square Root by Estimation Method
Estimation and approximation refer to a reasonable guess of the actual value to make calculations easier and realistic. This method helps in estimating and approximating the square root of a given number. Let us use this method to find √15. Find the nearest perfect square numbers to 15. 9 and 16 are the perfect square numbers nearest to 15. We know that √16 = 4 and √9 = 3. This implies that √15 lies between 3 and 4. Now, we need to see if √15 is closer to 3 or 4. Let us consider 3.5 and 4. 3.5^{2} = 12.25 and 4^{2}= 16. Thus, √15 lies between 3.5 and 4 and is closer to 4.
Let us find the squares of 3.8 and 3.9. 3.8^{2} = 14.44 and 3.9^{2} = 15.21. This implies that √15 lies between 3.8 and 3.9. We can repeat the process and check between 3.85 and 3.9. We can observe that √15 = 3.872.
This is a very long process and timeconsuming.
Square Root by Long Division Method
Long Division is a method for dividing large numbers into steps or parts, breaking the division problem into a sequence of easier steps. We can find the exact square root of any given number using this method. Let us understand the process of finding square root by the long division method with an example. Let's find the square root of 180.
 Step 1: Place a bar over every pair of digits of the number starting from the unit’s place (rightmost side). We will have two pairs, i.e. 1 and 80
 Step 2: We divide the leftmost number by the largest number whose square is less than or equal to the number in the leftmost pair.
Step 3: Bring down the number under the next bar to the right of the remainder. Add the last digit of the quotient to the divisor. To the right of the obtained sum, find a suitable number which, together with the result of the sum, forms a new divisor for the new dividend that is carried down.
Step 4: The new number in the quotient will have the same number as selected in the divisor. The condition is the same — as being either less than or equal to the dividend.
Step 5: Now, we will continue this process further using a decimal point and adding zeros in pairs to the remainder.
Step 6: The quotient thus obtained will be the square root of the number.
Square Root Table
Square root table comprises numbers and their square roots. It is useful to find squares of numbers as well. Here is the list of square roots of perfect square numbers and some nonperfect square numbers from 1 to 10.
Number  Square Root 

1  1 
2  1.414 
3  1.732 
4  2 
5  2.236 
6  2.449 
7  2.646 
8  2.828 
9  3 
10  3.162 
The square roots of numbers that are not perfect squares are part of irrational numbers.
Square Root Formula
The square root is nothing but the exponent 1/2. The square root formula is used to find the square root of a number. We know the exponent formula: \(\sqrt[\text{n}]{x}\) = x^{1/n}. When n= 2, we call it square root. We can use any of the above methods for finding the square root, such as prime factorization, long division, and so on. 9^{1/2} = √9 = √(3×3) = 3. So, the formula for writing the square root of a number is √x= x^{1/2}.
How to Simplify Square Root?
To simplify a square root, we need to find the prime factorization of the given number. If a factor cannot be grouped, retain them under the square root symbol. The rule of simplifying square root is √xy = √(x × y), where, x and y are positive integers. For example: √12 = \(\sqrt{2 \times 2\times3}\) = 2√3
For fractions, there is also a similar rule: √x/√y = √(x/y). For example: √50/√10 = √(50/10)= √5
Square Root of a Negative Number
The square root of a negative number cannot be a real number, since a square is either a positive number or zero. But complex numbers have the solutions to the square root of a negative number. The principal square root of x is: √(x)= i√x. Here, i is the square root of 1.
For example: Take a perfect square number like 16. Now, let's see the square root of 16. There is no real square root of 16. √(16)= √16 × √(1) = 4i (as, √(1)= i), where 'i' is represented as the square root of 1. So, 4i is a square root of 16.
Square of a Number
Any number raised to exponent two (y^{2}) is called the square of the base. So, 5^{2} is referred to as the square of 5, while 8^{2} is referred to as the square of 8. We can easily find the square of a number by multiplying the base two times. For example, 5 squared is 5×5=25, and 8 squared is 8×8=64. When we find the square of a whole number, the resultant number is one of the perfect squares. Some of the perfect squares we have are 4, 9, 16, 25, 36, 49, 64, and so on. The square of a number, whether it is positive or negative, is always a positive number.
How to Find Square of a Number?
The Square of a number can be found by multiplying a number by itself. For singledigit numbers, we can use multiplication tables to find the square, while in the case of two or more than twodigit numbers, we perform multiplication of the number by itself to get the answer. For example, 9×9=81, where 81 is the square of 9. Similarly, 3×3 = 9, where 9 is the square of 3.
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Examples on Square Root

Example 1: Help Kate find out the square root of 529 by the prime factorization method.
Solution:
Prime factorization of 529.
We can see that, 529 = 23×23 ⇒ √529= 23
∴ √529= 23.

Example 2: Find the square and square root of the following numbers.
a) Square root of 25 is ___
b) Square of 16 is ____
c) Square of 20 is ____
d) Square root of 400 is _____Solution:
a) Square root of 25 is 5
5 × 5 = 25
√25 = 5
b) Square of 16 is = 16 × 16 = 256
c) Square of 20 is = 20 × 20 = 400
d) Square root of 400 is 20
20 × 20 = 400
√400 = 20.
FAQs on Square Root
What is Square Root in Math?
The square root is the number that we need to multiply by itself to get the original number. For example, 2 is the square root of 4, as 2 × 2 = 4.
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How to Find Square Root of a Number?
The square root of a number can be found by using any of the four methods given below:
 Repeated Subtraction Method
 Prime Factorization Method
 Estimation and Approximation Method
 Long Division Method.
How to Find Square Root of Decimal Number?
The square root of a decimal number can be found by using the estimation method or the long division method. In the case of decimal numbers, we make pairs of whole number parts and fractional parts separately. And then, we carry out the process of long division in the same way as any other whole number.
Can Square Root be Negative?
The square root of a number can be negative. In fact, all the perfect squares like 4, 9, 25, 36, etc have two square roots, one positive value and one negative value. Square roots of 4 are 2 and 2. Similarly, square roots of 9 are 3 and 3.
What Do You Call the Square Root Symbol?
The symbol used to denote square root is called radical sign '√ '. The term written inside the radical sign is called the radicand.
What is the Formula for Calculating Square Root of a Number?
The square root of any number can be expressed using the formula: √y = y^{½}.
What is the Square and Square Root of a Number?
The square and the square root of a number is an inverse operation of each other. If we square a number z, as (z×z) z^{2}, then the square root of z^{2} i.e., √z is equal to the number z.
Which Method is Used to Find the Square Root of NonPerfect Square Numbers?
In Math, a nonperfect or an imperfect square number is considered as a number that is in decimal form. The square root of a nonperfect square number can be calculated by using the long division method.
How to Simplify a Square Root on a Calculator?
To find the square root value of any number we simply need to insert the square root symbol √x first in the calculator and enter the number x.
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How to Multiply Two Square Root Values Together?
Let say we have two numbers a and b. First, we will find the square root of the numbers a and b. Then after finding the square root we will multiply the square roots value together. Let us understand this with a practical illustration.
The square root of 4 is 2 and the square root of 16 is 4. Now we will multiply the value of the square root of 4 and 16 i.e., 2 × 4 = 8.
What are the Applications of the Square Root Formula?
There are various applications of the square root formula
 Square root formula is mainly used in algebra and geometry. It helps in finding the roots of a quadratic equation.
 We can easily calculate area, volume, and other measurements using the square root formula.
 Widely used by engineers.