# How do rationalise {(plusminus)2(sqrt)2/(sqrt)3}

how do rationalise this?

{(plusminus)2(sqrt)2/(sqrt)3} ALL MINUS 2

TD
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What do you mean rationalize? You can't just get rid off the square root, you can simplify though.

$$\pm \frac{{\frac{{2\sqrt 2 }} {{\sqrt 3 }}}} {{ - 2}} = \pm \frac{{2\sqrt 2 }} {{ - 2\sqrt 3 }} = \mp \frac{{\sqrt 2 }} {{\sqrt 3 }} = \mp \frac{{\sqrt 2 \sqrt 3 }} {{\sqrt 3 \sqrt 3 }} = \mp \frac{{\sqrt 6 }} {3}$$

Fermat
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Isn't it supposed to be

$$\pm 2\frac{\sqrt{2}}{\sqrt{3}} - 2$$ ?

fermat is correct
the plusminus 2 belongs to the root 2

Fermat
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I get,

$$\frac{2(\sqrt{2} - \sqrt{3})}{\sqrt{3}}$$

disregarding the $$\pm$$ at the beginning.

TD
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Oh yes, I misread. Though all 'over' "-2".. You still won't be able to just lose the root, so what do you have to do exactly?.

your not supposed to have a square root on the bottom are you?

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Fermat
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aricho said:
your not supposed to have a square root on the bottom are you?
No. That was just a simplification.
You can now multiply top and bottom by √3 to get,

$$\frac{2(\sqrt{6} - 3)}{3}$$