# GED Calculator: Square and Cube Roots (1.0, Exp, #6 g-i)

TLDRThis tutorial explains how to simplify square and cube roots on a calculator, specifically for the GED exam. It emphasizes the importance of setting the calculator to 'math print' mode for exact answers and 'classic' mode for decimal approximations. The video demonstrates how to input square roots and cube roots, highlighting the difference in appearance and results between the two modes. It also shows the use of the 'quick convert' button for toggling between simplified radical and decimal forms, and provides practical tips for using a TI-30XS calculator effectively.

### Takeaways

- π Make sure your calculator is in math print mode for exact answers and classic mode for decimal approximations.
- π The square root of 60 can be simplified to the square root of 15, which is an exact answer.
- π When in classic mode, round the square root of 60 to the nearest hundredth for a decimal approximation.
- π Math print mode is ideal for simplified radical forms, similar to how fractions can be simplified.
- π Use the green second button on the calculator to access square root and cube root functions.
- π’ The calculator provides a decimal approximation by default for cube roots, regardless of the mode.
- π Remember to input the index number inside the radical symbol when calculating cube roots.
- π The cube root of 32 is approximately 3.17, which is a decimal approximation.
- π In math print mode, the calculator displays cube roots in a format that resembles mathematical notation.
- π Switching between math print and classic mode can change the appearance of the input but not the decimal result for cube roots.
- π€ For cube roots, the calculator consistently gives a decimal approximation, unlike square roots which can vary based on the mode.

### Q & A

### What is the purpose of using math print mode on a calculator when simplifying square roots?

-Math print mode is used to provide an exact answer or simplified radical for square roots, rather than a decimal approximation.

### How can you tell if a calculator is in math print mode?

-On a calculator like the TI 30 X, you can check if it's in math print mode by looking at the mode screen where the word 'math print' should be highlighted in black.

### Why might you want to switch to classic mode on a calculator?

-Classic mode is used when you want a decimal approximation for calculations, as it behaves more like a traditional calculator or phone calculator.

### What is the difference between a square root and a cube root on a calculator?

-A square root has a radical symbol with an index of 2, while a cube root has a radical symbol with an index of 3, indicating the root to be taken.

### How do you input a square root calculation in math print mode?

-First, ensure the calculator is in math print mode, then press the green '2nd' button followed by the square root function and the number you want to find the root of.

### What does the quick convert button on a calculator do?

-The quick convert button allows you to toggle between the simplified radical form and the decimal form of an answer.

### How can you round a square root answer to the nearest hundredth in classic mode?

-After pressing the square root function and the number, the calculator will automatically provide a decimal approximation which you can then round to the nearest hundredth.

### What is the significance of the index number inside the radical symbol for cube roots?

-The index number, such as 3 for cube roots, indicates the power to which the number inside the radical is to be raised to get the original number.

### Why might a mathematician prefer a simplified radical over a decimal approximation?

-A simplified radical is often preferred because it provides an exact answer without the need for a potentially long and complex decimal approximation.

### What should you do if you need to change the mode back to classic after using math print mode?

-You can change the mode back by accessing the mode screen, selecting 'classic' mode, and pressing 'ENTER' to confirm the selection.

### How does the calculator handle cube roots differently from square roots in terms of answer format?

-While square roots can provide either a simplified radical or a decimal approximation depending on the mode, cube roots typically give a decimal approximation regardless of the mode.

### Outlines

### π Understanding Square Roots and Calculator Modes

This paragraph introduces the concept of simplifying square roots using a calculator, specifically mentioning the TI 30 X model. It emphasizes the importance of setting the calculator to 'math print' mode for exact answers, as opposed to 'classic' mode, which provides decimal approximations. The speaker demonstrates how to switch between these modes and how to input a square root calculation to get a simplified radical form, as well as how to use the 'quick convert' button to view the result in both simplified and decimal forms. The example of square root of 60 is used to illustrate the process.

### π’ Mastering Cube Roots and Decimal Approximations

The second paragraph delves into cube roots, explaining the difference between square and cube roots by pointing out the index number within the radical symbol. The speaker uses the cube root of 32 as an example and shows that regardless of being in 'math print' or 'classic' mode, the calculator will provide a decimal approximation for cube roots. The input method for cube roots is highlighted, stressing the need to input the index before the number. The paragraph also contrasts the behavior of cube roots with that of square roots, noting the inconsistency in the calculator's output format between the two types of roots.

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### Keywords

### π‘GED Calculator

### π‘Square Roots

### π‘Cube Roots

### π‘Math Print Mode

### π‘Classic Mode

### π‘Simplified Radical

### π‘Decimal Approximation

### π‘Exact Answer

### π‘Rounding

### π‘Quick Convert Button

### π‘Index

### Highlights

Simplifying square and cube roots on a calculator requires setting it to the appropriate mode.

Math print mode is used for exact answers, while classic mode provides decimal approximations.

To enter math print mode on a TI 30 X, press MODE, use the arrow keys to select 'math print', and press ENTER.

The square root function is accessed by pressing the green SECOND button followed by the square root key on the calculator.

In math print mode, the calculator will provide a simplified radical form for square roots.

The CONVERT button allows switching between simplified radical and decimal forms.

Classic mode is selected in a similar way to math print mode, by using the MODE button and arrow keys.

When in classic mode, the calculator automatically provides decimal approximations for square roots.

Rounding to the nearest hundredth is indicated by decimal clues in the problem statement.

The wavy equal sign in a problem indicates an expectation of a rounded decimal answer.

Cube roots are accessed by pressing the green SECOND button and then the cube root key on the calculator.

The index number for the root (e.g., 3 for cube root) should be entered first in the calculator.

Both math print and classic modes provide decimal approximations for cube roots on a TI 30 X.

Math print mode displays cube roots in a format that resembles mathematical notation.

The calculator's display of cube roots is consistent, unlike square roots which can vary.

For cube roots, the calculator always provides a decimal approximation regardless of the mode.

The tutorial concludes with an invitation for questions about using the TI 30 X for roots.