Babylonian method to find square root in C++

Today we will learn the Babylonian method to find the square root using C++.

This method basically originates from the newton-raphson method.

We all know what a square root of a number is and this method is an olden time approach to computing just that.

The method basically follows the below algorithm –

  1. First, we start off with a random positive value as close to the root as possible
  2. then we initialize a variable say y=1;
  3. Then follow the below two steps until when are left with the answer
  • find the avg of x & y and get the approx for the root
  • and we set y= n/x

If we follow the above steps in a loop we will ultimately end up the square root of the number itself while using the Babylonian method to solve it :

Babylonian method to find square root in C++

Below defined is the function that computes the square root number the number itself as the input –

using namespace std;
int main()
float sqroot(float a) 
        //right now we start the approximation with a itself 
      float x = a; 
      float y = 1; 
        //value of e should be accurate 
      float e = 0.000001; 
      while (x - y > e) 
            x = (x + y) / 2; 
            y = a / x; 
        return x; 
int no;
cout<<"Enter number to find square root of";
cout<<"Square root using babylonian method is "<<sqroot(no);
return 0;
Square root using babylonian method is 8.366600

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