# What is the square root of 462

The short answer is $$\sqrt{ 462 } = 21.494185260205$$.

If that's all you're looking for, thanks for coming by. But if you're interested in the hows and whys behind square roots, continue reading and we'll tell you all about the square root of 462.

## 462 is not a perfect square

Let's look at some math

$$\LARGE \sqrt{ 462 } = 21.494185260205$$

Note that $$21.494185260205$$ is not a whole number, therefore 462 is not a perfect square.

The next perfect square greater than 462 is 484. The previous perfect square less than 462 is 441.

## Square root of 462 as an exponent

Any square root can be converted to a number with a fractional exponent. In the case of 462 the following two values are equal.

$$\LARGE \sqrt{ 462 } = 462^{^1/_2}$$

## Square root of 462 as a fraction

Since 462 is not a perfect square, sometimes we might want to get a fractional estimate of the square root value. In the case of 462 that value is $$\Large 21 \frac{42}{85}$$.

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