# Simplifying Surds

1. Sep 8, 2005

### V-Tec

Ok here is my problem, I am not sure how to simplify surds with additions and subtractions in them such as ones like this:

At the moment I have managed to simplify it to this:

However it is not simplified as possible, can someone give me some words of wisdom? Any help greatly appreciated!

2. Sep 8, 2005

### EnumaElish

In this case, 80 = 4 x 20, so $\sqrt{80}=\sqrt 4 \times\sqrt {20}=2\sqrt {20}$.

Therefore $\sqrt{20}+\sqrt{80}= (1+2)\sqrt{20}=3\sqrt{20}$, which is $3\times 2\times\sqrt 5 = 6\sqrt 5$.