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Re: Which of the following is the value of root{3rd rt{0,000064} [#permalink]

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Which of the following is the value of \(\sqrt{\sqrt[3]{0.000064}}\)

(A) 0.004 (B) 0.008 (C) 0.02 (D) 0.04 (E) 0.2

If you know how to do calculations as is, then it is: \(\sqrt{\sqrt[3]{0.000064}} = \sqrt{0.04} = 0.2\)

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If you know that \(\sqrt{\sqrt[3]{0.000064}} = \sqrt[6]{0.000064}\) and \(2^6 = 64\) Then you can eliminate A, B, and D. Then just move decimals from C and E. C would be 12 decimal places which is WAY too much. 0.2 is 6 which is exactly what you want

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02 Feb 2014, 22:19

Could I just clarify something with a solution to this problem? The explanation in the book was given as: 64 * 10^-6 under the square root and cubed signs (I can't figure out how to write them in). Then from there it goes down to square root of 4 * 10^-2 then 2 * 10^-1 which then equals to .2 which is the answer. I think I've figured out how they got from beginning to end by reading the Number Theory post mentioned at the top, but just need clarification. When you have a base to a fraction power like a^n/m that turns to into n root sign a^m correct? So in this case where you have cubed 10^-6 it would reverse to 10^-6/3 which can be reduced to 10^-2 right? I think that's how the book answer went about getting to .2 but would just like clarification. Also this strategy can be used with any large decimaled number that is under a root or cube sign right?

Could I just clarify something with a solution to this problem? The explanation in the book was given as: 64 * 10^-6 under the square root and cubed signs (I can't figure out how to write them in). Then from there it goes down to square root of 4 * 10^-2 then 2 * 10^-1 which then equals to .2 which is the answer. I think I've figured out how they got from beginning to end by reading the Number Theory post mentioned at the top, but just need clarification. When you have a base to a fraction power like a^n/m that turns to into n root sign a^m correct? So in this case where you have cubed 10^-6 it would reverse to 10^-6/3 which can be reduced to 10^-2 right? I think that's how the book answer went about getting to .2 but would just like clarification. Also this strategy can be used with any large decimaled number that is under a root or cube sign right?

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19 Aug 2014, 16:16

This is how I tried it the second time - As long as one is able to find the final exponent on the 10 part of the value, one can simply pick the choice that matches that exponent value. In this case 10^(-6)*(1/6) = 1/10 = 0.1 and the only choice that has one decimal place is E.

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Bunuel wrote:

Which of the following is the value of \(\sqrt{\sqrt[3]{0.000064}}\)

(A) 0.004 (B) 0.008 (C) 0.02 (D) 0.04 (E) 0.2

Solution:

Let's review the notation first. When an exponent is a fraction, that exponent indicates taking a root. So if we have, for example, 27^1/3, the 1/3 instructs us to take the cube root of 27, which is 3. Similarly, if the exponent were 1/2, such as in 25^1/2, the 1/2 instructs us to take the square root of 25, which is 5.

To solve this question, we can refer to two rules:

1) If a decimal with a finite number of decimal places is a perfect cube, its cube root will have exactly one-third of the number of decimal places. Thus, a perfect cube decimal must have a number of decimal places that is a multiple of 3.

2) If a decimal with a finite number of decimal places is a perfect square, its square root will have exactly half of the number of decimal places. Thus, a perfect square decimal must have an even number of decimal places.

Let's look first at (0.000064)^1/3. The 1/3 instructs us to take the cube root of 0.000064. By rule number 1, the cube root of 0.000064 = 0.04. We were able obtain this value because 0.000064 has 6 DECIMAL PLACES and because the cube root of 64 is 4.

The problem now looks like this: (0.04)^1/2. The ½ instructs us to find the square root of 0.04. By rule number 2, the square root of 0.04 = 0.2. We were able to obtain this value because 0.04 has 2 DECIMAL PLACES and the square root of 4 is 2.

Answer E.
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