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Cube of negative numbers :In the earlier section, we have learned about cubes of natural numbers. We have seen that the cubes of natural numbers are also natural numbers. Now, we shall learn about cube of negative numbers.

We have, (-1)

:. -1 is the cube of itself.

Similarly, (-2)

:. -8 is the cube of -2.

In general, if m is a positive integer, then (-m)

Thus, for any positive integer, -m

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1) Show that -1331 is a perfect cube. What is the number whose cube is -1331?

Resolving 1331 into prime factors, we get

1331 = 11 x 11 x 11

Grouping the factors in triples of equal factors, we get

1331 = {11 x 11 x 11 }

So, 1331 can be grouped into triples so it is a perfect cube of 11.

We know that -m

∴ (-11)

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2) Show that -3888 is a perfect-cube. What is the number whose cube is -3888?

Resolving 3888 into prime factors, we get

3888 = 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 3

Grouping the factors in triples of equal factors, we get

1331 = {2 x 2 x 2 } x 2 {3 x 3 x 3} x 3 x 3

So, 3888 can not be grouped into triples so it is a not a perfect cube .

• Cube of Numbers

• Perfect-Cube

• Properties of Cube

• Column method

• Negative numbers-cube

• Cube-Rational numbers

• Cube Root

• Finding cube root by Prime Factorization

• Cube root of Rational numbers

• Estimating cube root

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