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Multiplying Radical expression clarification

  1. Mar 27, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    This isn't really a specific question, I just need clarification on multiplying a radical expression
    If I were to do...
    x multiplied by 4√6, which number would receive the variable x when multiplied?


    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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  3. Mar 27, 2012 #2

    NascentOxygen

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    You decide. :wink:

    x multiplied by 4√6
    = x·4·√6
    = 4·x·√6
    =4x√6

    = 4·(√6)·x
    = 4·√6·√(x·x)
    = 4·√(6·x·x)
    = 4√(6xx)
     
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  4. Mar 27, 2012 #3
    X doesn't go inside the radical if that's what you're asking.
     
  5. Mar 28, 2012 #4

    HallsofIvy

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    [itex]4\sqrt{6}[/itex] is a single number. It doesn't make sense to ask 'which gets the x'.
     
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