# Radical Notation

Let's breakdown what information is given with a radical in math.

The

**radicand**is what you are taking the root of. In the picture, you are finding the root that multiplies by itself three times in order to equal 27.The

**radical symbol**tells you to find the "root of."The

**degree**indicates the number of times the root multiplies by itself in order to equal the radicand.In this example, the root will multiply itself three times.

3 x 3 x 3 = 27

If there is not a root listed like this example, √

*x*Then you can assume that it is a square root.

2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 16

The second root is usually called the square root.

The third root is called the cube, and then you use the degree number. ( fourth root, fifth root, sixth root...)

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