```
Author: Kevin B. Kenny <kennykb@acm.org>
State: Final
Type: Project
Vote: Done
Created: 24-Nov-2006
Post-History:
Tcl-Version: 8.5
Keywords: Tcl, expression, integer, square root
```

# Abstract

This TIP proposes a new **expr** math function **isqrt()**.

# Background

With the advent of large integers, Tcl supports taking the square roots of
arguments that lie outside the native floating-point range of the machine.
The square roots are returned as floating point numbers if possible. This
behaviour is correct when floating-point calculations are intended. There are
times, however, when an arbitrary-precision square root is wanted. This root
cannot be obtained by evaluating *entier(sqrt($n))*, because *sqrt($n)*
has already lost precision.

# Proposed Change

This TIP proposes adding a new math function, *isqrt($n)*, that will return
the integer part of the square root of *$n* to arbitrary precision. The
argument *$n* must be numeric and non-negative; it may be either integer or
floating-point.

# Reference Implementation

Tcl Feature Request #1602534 contains a complete reference implementation for
the *isqrt* function.

# Copyright

This document has been placed in the public domain.