Hi All,
While you will almost certainly have to deal with a square-root a couple of times on Test Day (in both Arithmetic and Geometry questions), cube-roots are relatively rare (you probably won't see them at all on Test Day). That having been said, cube-roots are based on the same general math concepts as square-roots.
For example...
The square-root of 4 is +2 ... since (2)(2) = 4
The cube-root of 27 is +3 ... since (3)(3)(3) = 27
The cube-root of -27 is -3 ... since (-3)(-3)(-3) = -27
In this question, we're asked for the cube-root of -72, but the solution will NOT be an integer (notice how the answer choices are all RANGES - that's a hint that N is not an integer AND that we don't actually have to find the exact value of N; we just have to figure out what numbers it is between). Thus, we have to look for cubes of negative integers:
(-3)^3 = -27
(-4)^3 = -64
(-5)^3 = -125
Since -72 is between -64 and -125, the cube-root of -72 has to be between -4 and -5
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