...but all you need to know is...ONE Rule of Algebra to be successful EVERY TIME!
The trick is to simply get rid of the radical numbers in the denominator!
When we do this, we say we rationalize the denominator.
Easier said than done - I hear you say! Well it is actually quite easy to do and to show you how, I am going to take a step back to one of the basic Algebra Formula you should already be familiar with.
When this algebraic rule is applied to radicals you get:
Remember this rule when dividing, and you can't go wrong! Follow along with this worked example to see how we divide these two radical numbers.
Divide 2 by 3 - Root7 We have to eliminate the Root7 from the Denominator - rearrange the Denominator to contain TWO radicals. X = Root(X^2) so 3 = Root9 We now have the denominator in the for Root a - Root b. Apply the Rule above! We now have radical numbers in the numerator and only real numbers in the Denominator We have to eliminate the Root7 from the Denominator (2Root9) over 2 = Root9 = 3 (2Root7) over 2 = Root7 |
As you can see from this worked example - the skill to dividing radicals, is not the division process, but the process of identifying the rules of algebra, and being able to apply them to radical numbers - and also, knowing the rules of radicals, and how to simplify them.
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