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Wakana Moriguchi

November 27, 2014

Continued Square Roots


Part I : Investigating the continued root of 2
Stage
2
2+ 2
2+ 2+ 2

Value
1.4142136
1.8477591
1.9615706
1.9903695

2+ 2+ 2+ 2
2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2
2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2
2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2
2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2
2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2
2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2

1.9975909
1.9993976
1.9998494
1.9999624
1.999991
1.999998

The data collected on this chart is not entirely accurate since it isnt
up to the last decimal. There is no accurate number for 2 since it
is an irrational number. This value cannot be made exact but can be
fairly exact using the calculator. But as the number of roots included
in the equation increase, the number will start to get smaller and
longer.
The limiting value for the continued value of 2 is 2. From the
third continued root, if it is rounded up, it is 2. But, after the third
continued root it can all be rounded up to 2, and since all of the
stages are different, the answers should be slightly different.
To find the value of

2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2
Since you can remove the root by multiplying by its self, you do this
for both sides.
x

x :

x 2 = 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2 ..

This only removes the very first root.
Since

x =

2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2+ 2
x for the continued root, it becomes:
x 2 = 2+ x
x 2x2 = 0
( x 2)( x +1) = 0

by putting in

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November 27, 2014
x=21
But a negative number cannot be made into a root number so, the
only possible number is 2.
Therefore, x 2

Part II : Investigate other cases find a pattern make a


prediction test your prediction

a+ a+ a+ a+ a

If a equals 6:
Stage

6
6+
6
6+ 6+ 6

6+ 6+ 6+ 6
6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 6
6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 6
6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 6
6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 6 + 6
6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 6 + 6+ 6
6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 6 + 6+ 6+ 6

..
Value
2.4494897
2.9068006
2.9844263
2.9974033
2.9995672
2.9999279
2.9999880
2.9999980
2.9999997
2.9999999

The limiting value for 6 is 3. Most of the values of the continued root round
up to 3, but since all of them are in different stages the values of them are
all slightly different from the previous stage.
Find the x value:

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November 27, 2014

..

6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 6 + 6+ 6+ 6+ 6 ..

x= 6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 6 + 6+ 6+ 6
x2 =

x 2 = 6+ x
x 2x6 = 0
( x 3)( x +2) = 0
x = 3 or 2
Since a negative number cannot be a root number, the only
possible answer is 3.
This is the same number I had estimated from calculating the
continued root of 6.
Therefore x 3
If a equals12:
Stage

Value
3.4641016
3.9324422
3.9915463

12
12+ 12
12+ 12+ 12

12+ 12+ 12+ 12


12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12
12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12
12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12+12
12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12+12+ 12
12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12+12+ 12+ 12
12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12

3.9989432
3.9998679
3.9999835
3.9999979
3.9999997
3.99999997
3.999999996

The limiting value of the continued square root of 12 is 4. Even though most
of the values can be rounded up to a whole number, 4, the values should be
written down to the last decimal since all od the stages are different and the
values should all be a little bit different too.
Find the x value:

x =12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12

x= 12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12+ 12


2

x 2=12+ x
x 2x12 = 0
( x 4)( x +3) = 0
x=43
Since a negative number can never be the answer of a root number,
4 is the only possible answer.

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November 27, 2014
Therefore

x 4

I predict that the next two values of a when the continued square
root will equal an integer value will be 20 and 30.
Values of a
2
6
12
20
30
Continued
2
3
4
5
6
square root
To find the value for a, first of all I know that the 4th and the 5th
integer values are going to be 5 and 6 according to the order its
increasing in. Then when you look at the first three sets (a and
continued square root) of numbers you can find out that:
2 (value of a) 2 (continued square root ) = 1
6 (value of a) 3 (continued square root ) = 2
12 (value of a) 4 (continued square root ) = 3
If the value of a is divided by the continued square root, and if the
numbers are in order from small to big, the answers will go up in ones
like the above calculations. To this, you can also say that if you
multiply the continued square root by the order that number is in, you
will be ale to get the value for a. For example, if you want to find the
value of a with the continued square root integer value that is 9, 9
8(9 is the 8th value from the first continued square root)=72. From this
you can find that when the value of a is 72, the continued square root
will equal an integer value, 9.
2
3
4
5
6

(continued square root )


(continued square root )
(continued square root )
(continued square root )
(continued square root )

1=2 (value of a)
2=6 (value of a)
3=12 (value of a)
4=20 (value of a)
5=30 (value of a)

From these reasons, I predicted that the next two values would be 20
and 30.
Find the x value:
When a = 20

x= 20+ 20+ 20+ 20+ 20+ 20+ 20

x =20+ 20+ 20+ 20+ 20+ 20+ 20


2

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2

x =20+ x
x 2x20 = 0
( x 5)( x +4) = 0
x=54
Therefore x 5
Find the x value:
When a = 30

x= 30+ 30+ 30+ 30+ 30+ 30+ 30

x =30+ 30+ 30+ 30+ 30+ 30+ 30


2

x 2=30+ x
x 2x30 = 0
( x 6)( x +5) = 0
x=65
Therefore x 6
How to determine which repeated roots have integers
Continued value continued value 1 = Value of a

By putting in a whole number for a continued value, you can get a


number for a. For example, if the continued square root integer value
is 10:
10
1
1) =value of a
0
value of a = 90
This rule works since all of the numbers are in a pattern and the
continued square root is going up in ones.

Wakana Moriguchi
November 27, 2014

Geogebra

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November 27, 2014

I made three examples with different stages for the continued


square root. From these three charts you can see that all of them are
fairly similar. This is the same as the calculation I did before. Even
though the stages are different, if you round the numbers up, it is
going to be the same number. Since this is a graph, you can easily
see that even if the stages are very different, the value would be
approximately the same.