Cube Root Function
The cube root function involves the cube root symbol ∛ (which stands for cube root) and hence let us recall a few things about it. The cube root of a number 'a' is a number 'b' such that b^{3} = a. i.e., if b^{3} = a ⇒ b = ∛a. i.e., if 'b' is the cube of 'a' then 'a' is the cube root of 'b'. Some examples are:
 2^{3} = 8 ⇒ ∛8 = 2
 (2)^{3} = 8 ⇒ ∛(8) = 2
 0^{3} = 0 ⇒ ∛0 = 0
Thus, the cube root of a positive number is positive and that of a negative number is negative. Let us use all these facts to understand the cube root function.
What is Cube Root Function?
The cube root function is the inverse of the cubic function. We know that the parent cubic function is of the form f(x) = x^{3 }and this function is increasing, oneone, and onto. Hence, it is a bijection. Thus, its inverse function, which is cube root function, is of the form f(x) = ∛x is also a bijection. We know that a function and its inverse function are symmetric with respect to the line y = x and so the graphs of the parent cubic function and parent cube root functions look like this.
f(x) = ∛x is the basic/parent cube root function. But transformations may be applied on this function. Thus, the general form of cube root function is:
 f(x) = a ∛(bx  h) + k
Here, a, b, h, and k are real numbers where 'h' represents the horizontal translation, 'k' represents the vertical translation, and 'a' and 'b' represent the dilations.
Domain and Range of Cube Root Function
We have already seen in the introduction that the cube root is defined for all numbers (positive, real, and 0). Thus, for any cube root function f(x), there is no x where f(x) is not defined. Thus, its domain is the set of all real numbers (R). In the same way, a cube root function results in all numbers (positive, real, and 0), and hence its range is also the set of all real numbers. Thus, a cube root function is f(x): R → R. i.e.,
 The domain of a cube root function is R.
 The range of a cube root function is R.
Asymptotes of Cube Root Function
The asymptotes of a function are lines where a part of the graph is very close to those lines but it actually doesn't touch the lines. Let us take the parent cube root function f(x) = ∛x. Then
 As x → ±∞, f(x) → ±∞ and hence it doesn't have horizontal asymptotes.
 There is no 'x' where f(x) is not defined and hence it doesn't have vertical asymptotes.
Thus, a cube root function doesn't have any asymptotes.
Graphing Parent Cube Root Function
We have already seen that the domain and range of a cube root function is the set of all real numbers and it has no asymptotes. Let us see how to graph the parent cubic root function f(x) = ∛x first and later we will extend this process to graph any general cube root function. Let us construct a table of values with some random real numbers (as the domain is the set of all real numbers) for x (with some to be positive, some to be negative, and also a 0). Let us substitute each value in the function f(x) = ∛x to find the corresponding yvalue.
x  y 

8  ∛(8) = 2 
1  ∛(1) = 1 
0  ∛0 = 0 
1  ∛1 = 1 
8  ∛8 = 2 
Here, we have chosen 8, 1, 0, 1, and 8 to be the x values as they are perfect cubes and they will help us to calculate yvalues easily. Now, the points from the table are (8, 2), (1, 1), (0, 0), (1, 1), and (8, 2). Let us plot all these points on the graph sheet and join them by a curve which gives the graph of the cube root function f(x) = ∛x. Also, do not forget to extend the graph on both sides.
Graphing Cube Root Functions
To graph any cube root function of the form, f(x) = a ∛(bx  h) + k, just take the same table as above and get new x and ycoordinates as follows according to the given function:
 To get new ycoordinates., apply the outside operations of the cube root sign on the ycoordinates of the above table.
 To get new xcoordinates, set bx  h equal to each of the old xcoordinates and solve for x that gives the new xcoordinates.
Here is an example.
Example: Graph the cube root function f(x) = 2 ∛(x  1) + 3.
Solution:
Let us consider the old table (of parent cube root function that is mentioned above).
x  y 

8  2 
1  1 
0  0 
1  1 
8  2 
Let us get the new table that will correspond to the given function in the following manner.
 The new xcoordinates can be obtained by setting x  1 = old coordinate and solving for x.
 The new ycoordinates can be obtained by simplifying 2(old ycoordinate) + 3.
x  y 

x  1 = 8 ⇒ x = 7  2(2) + 3 = 1 
x  1 = 1 ⇒ x = 0  2(1) + 3 = 1 
x  1 = 0 ⇒ x = 1  2(0) + 3 = 3 
x  1 = 1 ⇒ x = 2  2(1) + 3 = 5 
x  1 = 8 ⇒ x = 9  2(2) + 3 = 7 
The points from the table are (7, 1), (0, 1), (1, 3), (2, 5), and (9, 7). Let us plot them, join them by a curve, and extend the curve.
Properties of Cube Root Function
Here are the characteristics of a cube root function f(x) = ∛x. We can look at the graph of the parent cube root function to justify each of the following properties.
 It is increasing on (∞, ∞).
 It is positive on (0, ∞) and negative on (∞, 0). f(x) = 0 when x = 0.
 Thus, the end behavior of the cube root function is:
f(x) → ∞ as x → ∞
f(x) → ∞ as x → ∞  It has no relative max/min.
 It has no global max/min.
 It has no asymptotes.
 Its domain and range is equal to (∞, ∞).
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Cube Root Function Examples

Example 1: Which of the following are cube root functions? (a) f(x) = 3 √x (b) f(x) 3 ∛x
Solution:
We know that a cube root function involves the cube roots in it. Thus, the answer is only (b) (as (a) represents a square root function as it involves a square root).
Answer: (b)

Example 2: Graph the function g(x) =  ∛x + 3 using transformations.
Solution:
We have seen the graph of the parent cube root function f(x) = ∛x on this page. Now, our function is, g(x) = ∛x + 3.
Using transformations, g(x) is obtained by reflecting f(x) with respect to the xaxis and moving it vertically up by 3 units. We can see the graphs of f(x) and g(x) in the graph below.
Answer: The given function is graphed using transformations.

Example 3: What is the domain and range of the function that is given in Example 2? Does it have any asymptotes?
Solution:
We can see that the graph of g(x) =  ∛x + 3 in Example 2 is covering the entire x and y axes. Hence, the domain and range, both are equal to the set of all real numbers.
Also, in the graph, we cannot see that the graph is very close to but not touching any vertical/horizontal line. Hence, it has no asymptotes.
Answer: Domain = Range = Set of all real numbers; No asymptotes.
FAQs on Cube Root Function
What is the Formula of Cube Root Function?
The formula for basic (parent) cube root function is f(x) = ∛x. It can also be of the form f(x) = a ∛(bx  h) + k after the transformations. Here, a, b, h, and k are real numbers and they represent the transformations.
How to Draw Cube Root Graph?
To draw the graph of the parent cube root function f(x) = ∛x, draw a table of values with two columns x and y. Take the numbers 8, 1, 0, 1, and 8 in the x column (as these are perfect cubes), calculate the cube root of each of these numbers, and fill them in the column labeled y. Then we have 5 points (8, 2), (1, 1), (0, 0), (1, 1), and (8, 2). Just plot them and join them by a curve. As this curve is not complete, just extend it on both sides throughout the graph sheet.
What is the Difference Between Square Root and Cube Root Function?
Here are the differences between the square root and cube root function.
Square Root Function  Cube Root Function 

The basic parent square root function is of the form f(x) = √x.  The basic parent cube root function is of the form f(x) = ∛x. 
It increases on the interval (∞, ∞).  It increases on the interval [0, ∞). 
It is positive on (0, ∞) and negative on (∞, 0).  It is a nonnegative function always (on [0, ∞)). 
Its absolute min is 0 but no absolute max.  It has no absolute max or min. 
Its domain and range is the set of all real numbers.  Its domain and range is [0, ∞). 
Its end behaviour is: f(x) → ∞ as x → ∞ f(x) → ∞ as x → ∞ 
Its end behaviour is: f(x) → ∞ as x → ∞ f(x) → 0 as x → 0 
How to Find the Derivative of a Cube Root Function?
The cube root function can be written as f(x) = ∛x = x^{1/3}. We can find its derivative using the power rule of derivatives that says d/dx (x^{n}) = nx^{n  1}. Using this, d/dx (x^{1/3}) = (1/3) x^{(1/3  1) }= (1/3) x^{2/3} = 1 / (3x^{2/3}).
How to Integrate a Cube Root Function?
Let f(x) =∛x. It can be written as x^{1/3}. Its integral can be found using the formula ∫ x^{n }dx = (x^{n + 1}) / (n + 1) + C. Using this formula, ∫ x^{1/3} dx = (x^{1/3 + 1}) / (1/3 + 1) + C = (3/4) x^{4/3} + C.
What is the Domain and Range of a Cube Root Function?
The domain of a cube root function f(x) = ∛x is the set of all real numbers (R) because it can be calculated for all values of x. Its range is also equal to the set of all real numbers because it will result in all real numbers as yvalues. In other words, the entire xaxis and the entire yaxis are covered by its graph and hence both domain and range are equal to R.
Does a Cube Root Function have Asymptotes?
No, a cube root function f(x) = ∛x doesn't have any asymptotes. It doesn't have a horizontal asymptote because it is increasing on the set of all real numbers. It doesn't have a vertical asymptote because it is defined at all real numbers.
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