# "rationalize" the denominator rather than the numerator

1. May 8, 2005

### powp

Hello All

Simplify the following

$$\frac{\sqrt{x} + 1}{\sqrt{x} - 1}$$

and Preform the indicated operations and simplfy

$$\sqrt{x}(\sqrt{x} + 1)(2\sqrt{x}-1)$$

Thanks

P

2. May 8, 2005

### Anzas

the first:

$$\frac{\sqrt{x} + 1}{\sqrt{x} - 1}$$

$$\frac{(\sqrt{x} + 1)(\sqrt{x} - 1)}{(\sqrt{x} - 1)(\sqrt{x} - 1)}$$

$$\frac{x-1}{x -2 \sqrt{x} +1}$$

the second:

$$\sqrt{x}(\sqrt{x} + 1)(2\sqrt{x}-1)$$

$$\sqrt{x}(2x+ \sqrt{x}-1)$$

$$2x \sqrt{x}+x- \sqrt{x}$$

3. May 8, 2005

### HallsofIvy

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I would have been inclined to "rationalize" the denominator rather than the numerator:
$$\frac{\sqrt{x}+1}{\sqrt{x}-1}= \frac{(\sqrt{x}+1)(\sqrt{x}+1)}{(\sqrt{x}-1})(\sqrt{x}+1)}= \frac{x+ 2\sqrt{x}+1}{x-1}$$

4. May 8, 2005

### powp

thanks thats the answers I got but was not sure

When would you "rationalize" the denominator over the numerator or the other way around.

5. May 8, 2005

### snoble

Generally simplified form means always "rationalizing" the denominator. Also you can simplify a little bit more. $$\frac{x+ 2\sqrt{x}+1}{x-1} = \frac{ (1+\sqrt{x})^2}{x-1}$$