What is a cube root?
In arithmetic and algebra, the cube of a number n is its third power: the result of the number multiplied by itself twice: n³ = n * n * n. It is also the number multiplied by its square: n³ = n * n².
This is also the volume formula for a geometric cube with sides of length n, giving rise to the name. The inverse operation of finding a number whose cube is n is called extracting the cube root of n. It determines the side of the cube of a given volume. It is also n raised to the one-third power.
Both cube and cube root are odd functions: (-n)³ = -(n³). The cube of a number or any other mathematical expression is denoted by a superscript 3, for example 2³ = 8 or (x + 1)³.