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Roots

There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Roots. In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

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Roots Starters:

Comparing Cubes: Learn to find the cube root of a number to solve this problem comparing volumes given in different units.

Consecutive: Three consecutive numbers multiplied together give a given product. Pupils are asked to figure out what the numbers are.

Consecy Brothers: Which three consecutive numbers multiplied together give the given answer.

 

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Roman Numerals Quiz

Roman Numerals Quiz

You may understand our number system better by learning about another number system. A basic knowledge of Roman numerals will allow you to complete level one of this self marking quiz. Beyond level one will require a little more!

 

Curriculum for Roots:

Years 7 to 9

Pupils should be taught to use conventional notation for the priority of operations, including brackets, powers, roots and reciprocals more...

Pupils should be taught to use integer powers and associated real roots (square, cube and higher), recognise powers of 2, 3, 4, 5 and distinguish between exact representations of roots and their decimal approximations more...

Years 10 and 11

Pupils should be taught to {estimate powers and roots of any given positive number} more...

Pupils should be taught to calculate with roots, and with integer {and fractional} indices more...

Pupils should be taught to calculate exactly with fractions, {surds} and multiples of π ; {simplify surd expressions involving squares [for example √12 = √(4 × 3) = √4 × √3 = 2√3] and rationalise denominators} more...

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Notes:

Pupils should learn how to find real roots associated with integer powers (square root, cube root and higher). They should also learn to distinguish between exact representations of roots and their decimal approximations. Just how do you find the cube root of a number? By trial and improvement, iterative calculations or by learning to use a calculator efficiently?

Roots Activities:

Bidmaze: Find your way through the maze encountering mathematical operations in the correct order to achieve the given total.

Estimate Powers and Roots: Estimate the powers and roots of the given positive numbers.

Surds: A self-marking exercise on calculating, simplifying and manipulating surds (also known as radicals).

Roots Videos:

Cube Root: This video from Corbettmaths explains what the term cube root means and shows how to cube root a number.

Cube Roots in 2 seconds!: Mentally calculate the cube root of any perfect cube of a number between 1 and 1000.

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