What is the square root of 780?

1 Answer
Oct 23, 2015

Answer:

#sqrt(780) = 2sqrt(195) ~~ 27.93#

Explanation:

#780 = 2^2 * 3 * 5 * 13# has one square factor, so we can simplify #sqrt(780)# using #sqrt(ab) = sqrt(a)sqrt(b)# as follows:

#sqrt(780) = sqrt(2^2*195) = sqrt(2^2)sqrt(195) = 2sqrt(195)#

Now #195 = 14^2-1# is of the form #n^2 - 1#, so the continued fraction expansion of #sqrt(195)# takes a simple form:

#sqrt(195) = [13;bar(1;26)] = 13 + 1/(1+1/(26+1/(1+1/(26+...))))#

We can approximate #sqrt(195)# by truncating this continued fraction:

#sqrt(195) ~~ [13;1,26,1] = 13 + 1/(1+1/(26+1/1)) = 13+27/28 = 391/28 = 13.96dot(4)2815dot(7)#

So:

#sqrt(780) = 2sqrt(195) ~~ 391/14 = 27.9dot(2)8571dot(4) ~~ 27.93#