# Square root questions

by w3tw1lly
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 P: 21 I feel embarassed to ask these questions but what is the rule for to simplify division, addition, and subtraction square roots? Here are some questions: SIMPLIFY: $$5\sqrt{24}\div2\sqrt{18}$$ $$\sqrt{40} + \sqrt{90}$$ $$\sqrt{50} - \sqrt{18}$$
 Mentor P: 8,309 What have you tried? You need to simplify the square roots. For example, write the first question as $$\frac{5\sqrt{24}}{2\sqrt{18}}$$ Now, can you simplify $\sqrt{24}$ and $\sqrt{18}$? [Hint: write each number under the sqrt sign as a product of primes.]
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 Quote by cristo What have you tried? You need to simplify the square roots. For example, write the first question as $$\frac{5\sqrt{24}}{2\sqrt{18}}$$ Now, can you simplify $\sqrt{24}$ and $\sqrt{18}$? [Hint: write each number under the sqrt sign as a product of primes.]
Sorry, I meant to write the question like a fraction I just didn't know the code. When you are simplifying roots, and you take out lets say the root of 4, do you times the number already outside the root sign by 2?
$$\frac{5\sqrt{24}}{2\sqrt{18}}$$
=$$\frac{5\sqrt{4*6}}{2\sqrt{3*6}}$$ (don't know what to do, so long since we had done radicals)

 HW Helper P: 1,540 Square root questions "When you are simplifying roots, and you take out lets say the root of 4, do you times the number already outside the root sign by 2?" Yes.
 P: 1,345 Also, remember to rationalize the fraction^^
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P: 8,309
 Quote by w3tw1lly Sorry, I meant to write the question like a fraction I just didn't know the code. When you are simplifying roots, and you take out lets say the root of 4, do you times the number already outside the root sign by 2? $$\frac{5\sqrt{24}}{2\sqrt{18}}$$ =$$\frac{5\sqrt{4*6}}{2\sqrt{3*6}}$$ (don't know what to do, so long since we had done radicals)
$$\frac{5\sqrt{4*6}}{2\sqrt{3*6}}=\frac{5\cdot 2\cdot\sqrt{6}}{2\cdot\sqrt{3}\cdot\sqrt{6}}$$

Can you simplify this?
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 Quote by w3tw1lly I feel embarassed to ask these questions but what is the rule for to simplify division, addition, and subtraction square roots? Here are some questions: $$\sqrt{40} + \sqrt{90}$$ $$\sqrt{50} - \sqrt{18}$$

$$\sqrt{40} + \sqrt{90}$$=$$\sqrt{4*10}+\sqrt{9*10}$$=2$$\sqrt{10}+3\sqrt{10}$$=

can you go from here??
 P: 656 this may confuse you more but when you add fractions you need to get the denominator (number on the bottom of fraction) the same. The same goes with surds (square roots), you need to get the number inside the root the same on each surd in oder to add/subtract. I find it harder to do the + - surds than the x and / surds When you divide: $$\sqrt{a} \div \sqrt{b} = \frac {\sqrt{a}}{\sqrt{b}}$$ which is also written as $$\sqrt{\frac{a}{b}}$$ Have a look http://www.mathsrevision.net/gcse/pages.php?page=6 and http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebit...rdshrev2.shtml

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