## Monday, February 22, 2010

My Algebra I students are having lots of problems with simplifying radical expressions. It seems that they have run across a concept that eludes them. I am posting about this topic to provide several more examples.

√18

First, we find the prime factorization of 18. If you need help with this concept, go here.

√18 = √(2•3•3)

Since the 3 is repeated twice, we can pull it out from under the square root symbol. Therefore,

√18 = 3√2

Now my students would be asking what happens if you have variables?

√24x3y2

√24x3y2 = √(2•2•2•3•x•x•x•y•y)

Pull out everything that is repeated twice - 2, x, y. Leave everything else under the radical symbol.

2xy√(6x)

Some other places to visit for more details on this concept are here and here and here.

If you are one of my students and would like some extra credit, please visit those sites and comment here on whether or not they were helpful.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Bentley
I figured out more about the perfect squares and how to start the problems and how to reduce em to the lowest term

J Harris

Josh J said...

do u use perfect squares to simplify radical equations

J Clark said...

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D Johnson said...

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Angelica L said...

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S LEWIS said...

i knew how to do it but there was one part that i did not know how to do but i think i get it since i looked at this web site. thank you for posting this on here MRS BENTLEY

K Brunson said...

I get how to do these ones but its the ones were you add and subtract radicals and the fraction ones that confuse me

j davidson said...

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Brittany J said...

i understand now how to do it this page helped me a whole lot thanks a million Mrs. Bentley

Anonymous said...

mrs. bentley
I now know that when simplifying radicals that you should always go for the biggest number first to simplify it.
R NeSmith

Anonymous said...

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K.Langston said...

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K.langston

K Hicks. said...

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k.hicks

Maggie E said...

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M. Ellis

harleyw said...

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Anonymous said...

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cynthia m said...

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Greg B said...

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C Hill said...

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thomas b said...

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wesley said...

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