Following a few simple steps you will be able to instantly calculate the fifth root of the spectator's number.
Ask the spectator to choose any whole number less than 100 and, using a calculator, to find its cube by multiplying the number by itself, then multiplying the answer by the original number.
Alternatively, if the spectator knows how to use scientific calculator, they can enter the original number, then press the x^y key followed by 3 and =.
The spectator then calls out the answer, and you instantly reveal the original number (i.e., the cube root).
Note that this method will NOT work with non-whole numbers, or with numbers greater than 99.
To master the system you must learn by heart the fifth powers of numbers 0 to 9, which are shown in the table below. You also need to consider the last digit of each fifth power.
|Number||5th Power||Last Digit|
Note how the last digit of every fifth power ends with the original number.
Ignore the last five digits of the number called out by the spectator and choose the memorised fifth power which is just lower (or equal) to the remaining number. The corresponding fifth root is the first digit of your answer.
Now consider the last digit of the number called out by the spectator. This is the last digit of your answer (see table above).
Spectator calls 1073741824
Spectator calls 130691232
Before you try this out on your friends, you should practice until you can calculate the fifth root instantly and without error.
If you can't do this, then practice some more!
To practice and assess your ability, you can use the Fifth Root Tester shown below.
Fifth Root Tester