# SQRT

## Synopsis

SQRT(number)

### Arguments

number | An expression that resolves to a positive number or numeric string. |

## Description

The SQRT function returns the square root of number. This numeric value can be expressed as either a number or as a string. Leading plus signs and leading and trailing zeros are ignored. A string is parsed as a number until a non-numeric character is encountered. Thus “7dwarves” is parsed as 7. Non-numeric strings and null strings are parsed as 0. The square root of 0 is 0.

You cannot return the square root of a negative number. Attempted to do so results in an <ILLEGAL VALUE> error.

## Examples

The following example uses the SQRT function to calculate the square roots of the integers 0 through 16:

FOR x = 0 TO 16 PRINT "Square root of ":x:" = ":Sqrt(x) NEXT

The following example uses the SQRT function to calculate the square root of pi:

pi = 4 * ATAN(1) PRINT "Square root of pi = ":SQRT(pi)

## See Also

PWR function