In mathematics, a square root of a number a is a number y such that y

^{2}= a, in other words, a number y whose square (the result of multiplying the number by itself, or y × y) is a. For example, 4 and −4 are square roots of 16 because 4^{2}= (−4)^{2}= 16. Every non-negative real number a has a unique non-negative square root, called the principal square root, which is denoted by √a, where √ is called the radical sign or radix. For example, the principal square root of 9 is 3, denoted √9 = 3, because 3^{2}= 3 × 3 = 9 and 3 is non-negative.

# What is the square root of 16?

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