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When the exponent of a quantity is divisible by the number expressing the degree of the root, the root can be found exactly; but when it is not, the exponent of the root will be a fraction.

The second root of a® is at. The second root of a is. at. The third root of a is at. The nth root of a is añ. The nth root of am is .

The root of a fraction is found by taking the root of its numerator and of its denominator. This is evident from the method of finding the powers of fractions.

The root of any quantity may be expressed by enclosing it in a parenthesis or drawing a vinculum over it, and writing a fractional exponent over it, expressive of the root. Thus The 3d root of 8 a b is expressed

(saob)* or 3a7 The root of a compound quantity. may be expressed in the same way. The 4th root of a* + 5 ab is expressed

(a* + 5 a był or ~ + 5 a 67. When a compound quantity has an exponent, its root may be found in the same manner as that of a simple quantity.

The 3d root of (2 6 — a) is (2 6—)* = (26—a)?.

With regard to the signs of roots it may be observed, that all even roots must have the double sign #; for since all even powers are necessarily positive, it is impossible to tell whether the power was derived from a positive or negative root, unless something in the conditions of the question shows it. An even root of a negative quantity is impossible. All odd roots will have the same sign as the power.

15. What is the second root of 9 78 ?
16. What is the third root of 125 a 36 c?
17. What is the fifth root of 32 ało acom p?

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20. What is the second root of (2 m — x)o ? 21. What is the 6th root of (3 a + x)" ?

XXXVII. Roots of Compound Quantities.

When a compound quantity is a perfect power, its root may be found ; and when it is not a perfect power, its root may be found by approximation, by a method similar to that employed for finding the roots of numeral quantities.

First we may observe, that no quantity consisting of only two terms can be a complete power; for the secord power of a bi nomial consists of three terms; that of a + x, for example, is a' + 2 a x + x®. The quantity a' + b* is not a complete se

cond power.

Let it be required to find the second root of

9 x* a® + 4 a' b' + 12 ** a*b'. The root of this will consist of at least two terms. The second power of the binomial a + b is a + 2ab + %. This shows that the quantity must be arranged according to the powers

of some letter as in division, for the second power of either term of the root will produce the highest power of the · letters in that term. Arrange the above according to the powers of x.

9 x* a® + 12 x* a* b+ 4 a 64 The formula a’ + 2 ab + b2 shows that we should find the first term a of the root by taking the root of the first term; the same must be the case in the given example.

The root of 9 x* a® is 3 x? a?. Write this in the place of a quotient, and subtract its second power. Then multiply 3 x n* by 2 for a divisor, answering to 2 a of the formula.

9.x* ao + 12 x* *b* + 4 n°W (3 x® Q® + 2 abe 9 x* a

12 x* a* b* + 4 a 6 (6 x* q + 2 ab?
12.2 a' b + 4 a 8

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Divide the next term by the divisor. This gives 2 ab' for the next term of the root. Raise the whole root then to the second power and subtract it. Or, which is the same thing, since the second power of the first term has already been subtracted, write the quantity 2 ab? at the right of the divisor as well as in the root. Multiply the whole divisor as it then stands by the last term of the root. This produces the terms corresponding to 2 ab + b*,=b (2a + b) of the formula. This

produces 12 x* a* b3 + 4 a* b*, which being subtracted, there is no remainder. Consequently the root is 3 x* ai + 2 ab or 3 xa a 2 a b?. The second power of both is the same. If the double sign had been given to the first term of the root, the second would have had it also, and the positive and negative roots would have been obtained together. Let it be required to find the 2d root of

36 am - 60 a b m* + 25 b'.
36 a* m* 60 ab m2 + 256? (6 a m* - 56
36 a’ m*

60 ab m3 + 25 b2 (12 a m* - 56
60 ab m2 + 25 62

The process in this case is the same as in the last example. The second term of the root has the sign – in consequence

of the term 60 ab më of the dividend being affected with that sign. If the quantity had been arranged according to the powers of the letter b, thus, 25 62 -60 a b m2 + 36 a* m*, the root would have been 5b 6 am? instead of 6 a m2 5b. Both roots are right, for the second powers of the two quantities are the

same.

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The second power

6 is the same as that of b One is the positive and the other the negative root. If the double sign be given to the first term of the root, both results will be produced at the same time in either arrangement.

256 - 60 ab m + 36 a' m (+5676 a mi 2562

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In dividing — 60 a b ma by + 10b, both signs are changed, , the + to, and the to +: This gives to the second term the sign F.

The first value is 56 6 ama, and the second is 6 a m? — 5b.

When the quantity whose second root is to be found, consists of more than three terms, it is not the second power of a binomial, but of a quantity consisting of more than two terms. Suppose the root to consist of the three terms m+n+p. If we represent the two first terms m +n by 1, the expression becomes 1 + p, the second power of which is

12 +21p+p. Developing the second power le of the binomial m + n, it becomes m2 + 2 m n + n2. This shows that when the quantity is arranged according to the powers of some letter, the second root of the first term will be the first term m of the root. If ma be subtracted, and the next term be divided by 2 m, the next term n of the root will be obtained. If the second power of mtn or la be subtracted, the remainder will be 2 lp +p. If the next term 21 p be divided by 2 l equal to twice m + n, the quotient will be

P,

the third term of the root. The same principle will extend to any number of terms. It is required to find the second root of

40* + 12 a' x + 13 a 2? + 6 a x + x*. Let this be disposed according to the powers of a or of æ.

24 + 6 a 2 + 13 a* x + 12 ao x +:4 a* (x3 + 3 ax + 2 a' root.

1st dividend.
6 a 2 + 13 a* x2 (2 x? + 3 a x Ist divisor.
6 a + 9 a mi

2d divid. * 4a' x + 12 ao x + 4 a* (2 x + 6 a x + 2 a' 2d. di

4 a' x2 + 12 ao x + 4 a*

The process is so similar to that of numeral quantities that it needs no farther explanation.

The double sign need not be given to the terms during the operation. All the signs may be changed when the work is done, if the other root is wanted. This will seldom be the case when all the terms are positive; but when some of the terms are negative, if it is not known which quantities are the largest, the negative root is as likely to be found first as the positive. When this happens the positive will be found by changing all the signs.

Examples.

1. What is the second root of

4 ax + 6 a* * + a* + x + 4 a x* ?

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3. What is the second root of

- 4x +42 + 12x - 6x + 2 +9?

4. What is the second root of

2 + 20 x + 25x + 16 + 4x° +10 x* + 24 x ?

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