# Learn How To Raise A Number To A Fraction To Find The Square Or Third Root With This Microsoft Excel Tutorial

Strategy: You can raise a number to a fraction to find a root. To find the square root of a number, you can raise the number to (1/2). To find the cube root of a number, you can raise the number to (1/3). To find the eighth root of a number, you can raise the number to (1/8).

Here are several examples.

If you need to find the square root, you can use the SQRT function, as shown in Fig. 436. (Click any image for a larger view.)

As shown in Fig. 437, you can also raise the number to the one-half (1/2) power. Or, you can raise the number to 0.5, as shown in Fig. 438.

To find the cube root of a number, you can raise the number to the one third (1/3) power, as shown in Fig. 439.

To find the fourth root of a number, raise the number to either one-forth (1/4) or 0.25 power, as shown in Fig. 440 and Fig. 441, respectively. To find the seventeenth root of a number, raise it to the one-seventeenth (1/17) power, as shown in Fig. 442.

Summary: Although Excel only offers a function for a square root, you can use the technique of raising to a fractional power in order to determine any root of a number.

Commands Discussed: Exponent operator

Functions Discussed: =SQRT()

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