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Transcript Adding and Subtracting Radical Expressions

Meet Clara and her roommate, Maxine. Clara is a very free spirit. This is fine most of the time, but to the chagrin of Maxine, Clara likes to combine everything and Clara cooks for the both of them. Banana and Steak Tacos, Cake and Nacho Cheese, Fish and Chocolate. One day, while sleeping, Maxine slipped some new listening material into Clara’s playlist with one message: stop combining things that shouldn’t be combined. Max doesn’t know how many more blueberry marshmallow pizzas she can eat. The next day, expecting another honey cauliflower salmon dish, Clara’s roommate is pleasantly surprised to be presented with a tasty looking spread. Maxine is ecstatic and curious about what was on the tape.

Adding and Subtracting Radical Expressions

What a weird title for a self-improvement tape. Adding and Subtracting Radical Expressions. Let’s take a listen: Welcome to the relaxation zone, you are fully relaxed. Your eyes are getting heavy. You should combine things like you Add and Subtract Radical Expressions. Radical expressions look daunting, but they’re not. Radical expressions are your friends. Radical expressions are not hard.

Let’s take a closer look. If we have 4 times the square root of 3 plus 5 root 5 plus 6 root 3 minus 2 root 5, we have to first take a look at how many different numbers we have under the radical. In this equation, the numbers under the radical are 3 and 5. First, we have to replace the square root of 3 with ‘x’ and root 5 with ‘y’. Now, we can add the terms together using the rules we already know for adding variables. 4x + 6x = 10x and 5y - 2y = 3y. After we’re sure we’ve simplified things as much as possible, now we can simply plug our roots back in and finish solving the problem.

After substituting the square roots back into the original equation, we get 10 times the square root of 3 plus 3 times the square root of 5. Now, we just have to plug this into our calculator to find the answer: this is about 24.03.

Instruction to add and subtract Radical Expressions

Let’s review the steps again, this time, using different numbers. Step 1: Identify how many different roots there are in the expression and assign each one a letter. Step 2: Replace all instances of the root with the same variable. Step 3: Solve the equation with the same rules for adding variables. Step 4: Re-replace the variables with the original square roots. Step 5: As always, PEMDAS.

Now that we know how to add and subtract radical expressions, let’s get back to the roommates and see what’s cooking. Would ya look at that? Maxine cooked! Clara looks impressed for now.

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  • Explain how to add and subtract radical expressions.

    Tipps

    Only combine like terms.

    You can combine $8x-9x$ as follows: $8x-9x=(8-9)x=-1x=-x$.

    Remember to keep track of which letters were assigned to which square roots, so that you can re-replace the variables with the right square roots later.

    Lösung

    There are two different numbers under square roots, $6$ and $7$, so we want to assign two different letters for each root:

    • $\sqrt6=x$
    • $\sqrt7=y$
    Now replace all roots with the same variable in the expression $8\sqrt6+3\sqrt7-9\sqrt6+2\sqrt7$ to get

    $8x+3y-9x+2y$.

    This equation can be solved with the same rules for adding variables:

    $8x+3y-9x+2y=8x-9x+3y+2y=-x+5y$.

    Lastly re-replace the variables with the original square roots to get the result:

    $8\sqrt6+3\sqrt7-9\sqrt6+2\sqrt7=-\sqrt6+5\sqrt7$.

  • Determine when radical expressions can be added or subtracted.

    Tipps

    You can only combine like terms. For example:

    • $3x+4x=7x$
    • $3x+4y$ can't be simplified.

    You can't simplify an expression like $3\sqrt3+4\sqrt4$.

    Remember Maxine's hint on the tape: "Stop combining things that shouldn't be combined.“

    Lösung

    What radical expressions can be added or subtracted?

    • Could $3\sqrt3$ and $2\sqrt4$ be added or subtracted? No!
    • Could $3\sqrt3$ and $2\sqrt3$ be added or subtracted? Yes!
    What's the difference?

    In the first example the numbers under the square roots are different, while in the second both are the same.

    You can only add or subtract radical expressions if the numbers under the square roots are the same.

    Let's simplify the example above:

    • $3\sqrt3+2\sqrt3=5\sqrt3$
    • $3\sqrt3-2\sqrt3=\sqrt3$

  • Simplify the following expression.

    Tipps

    You can only combine like terms. For instance, we have $3x+3y-2x=3x-2x+3y=x-3y$.

    Here is an example of adding two radical expressions together.

    $\begin{array}{rcllll} 4\sqrt8+5\sqrt8&=&~?&|& \text{assign } \sqrt8=x\\ 4x+5x&=&~9x&|&\text{re-replace } x=\sqrt8\\ 4\sqrt8+5\sqrt8&=&~9\sqrt8 \end{array}$

    Lösung

    There are two different numbers under square roots, $3$ and $5$. For these square roots we assign two different letters:

    • $\sqrt3=x$
    • $\sqrt5=y$
    Next we replace all roots with the same variable in the expression $4\sqrt3+5\sqrt5+6\sqrt3-2\sqrt5$ to get $4x+5y+6x-2y$.

    We solve this equation with the same rules for adding or subtracting variables:

    $4x+5y+6x-2y=4x+6x+5y-2y=10x+3y$.

    Lastly we re-replace the variables with the original square roots to get

    $4\sqrt3+5\sqrt5+6\sqrt3-2\sqrt5=10\sqrt3+3\sqrt5$.

  • Add or subtract the following radical expressions.

    Tipps

    Just follow those steps.

    You can only combine radical expressions with the same numbers under the square roots.

    Lösung

    For adding or subtracting radical expression just follow the following steps:

    1. Assign a different letter for each root in the equation.
    2. Replace all instances of the root with the same variable.
    3. Solve the equation with the same rules for adding variables.
    4. Re-replace the variables with the original square roots.
    Let's practice this with a few examples:

    $~$

    $-3\sqrt5+4\sqrt7+4\sqrt5+3\sqrt7$

    1. $\sqrt5=x$ and $\sqrt 7=y$
    2. $-3x+4y+4x+3y$
    3. $-3x+4y+4x+3y=-3x+4x+4y+3y=x+7y$
    4. $-3\sqrt5+4\sqrt7+4\sqrt5+3\sqrt7=\sqrt5+7\sqrt7$
    $~$

    $5\sqrt7-4\sqrt5+4\sqrt7+3\sqrt5$

    1. $\sqrt7=x$ and $\sqrt 5=y$
    2. $5x-4y+4x+3y$
    3. $5x-4y+4x+3y=5x+4x-4y+3y=9x-y$
    4. $5\sqrt7-4\sqrt5+4\sqrt7+3\sqrt5=9\sqrt7-\sqrt5$
    $~$

    $\sqrt7+6\sqrt5+2\sqrt7-2\sqrt5$

    1. $\sqrt7=x$ and $\sqrt5=y$
    2. $x+6y+2x-2y$
    3. $x+6y+2x-2y=x+2x+6y-2y=3x+4y$
    4. $\sqrt7+6\sqrt5+2\sqrt7-2\sqrt5=3\sqrt7+4\sqrt5$
    $~$

    $7\sqrt7-2\sqrt5+4\sqrt5-3\sqrt7$

    1. $\sqrt7=x$ and $\sqrt 5=y$
    2. $7x-2y+4y-3x$
    3. $7x-2y+4y-3x=7x-3x-2y+4y=4x+2y$
    4. $7\sqrt7-2\sqrt5+4\sqrt5-3\sqrt7=4\sqrt7+2\sqrt5$

  • Decide which terms can be added or subtacted.

    Tipps

    Whether or not two radical expressions could be added or subtracted depends only on the numbers under the square roots.

    You can only add or subtract radical expressions with same number under the square roots.

    For example, you could add or subtract $3\sqrt5$ and $4\sqrt5$, but you can't add or subtract $3\sqrt5$ and $4\sqrt4$.

    Lösung

    Keep in mind that you can only add or subtract radical expressions with the same number under the square roots.

    So you can add or subtract the following expressions:

    • $3\sqrt6$ and $-\sqrt6$ as well as $7\sqrt6$
    • $2\sqrt3$ and $\sqrt3$ as well as $6\sqrt3$
    • $\sqrt7$ and $6\sqrt7$ as well as $3\sqrt7$

  • Find the errors in the calculation.

    Tipps

    First count the different numbers under square roots.

    Keep in mind that you only can combine radical expressions with the same number under the square roots.

    There are $8$ errors in total.

    Lösung

    Here you see three different numbers under square roots. We assign the variables

    • $\sqrt3=x$
    • $\sqrt5=y$
    • $\sqrt2=z$
    and replace the square roots to get

    $3x+4y-2z+5y-3z+2x$.

    We handle this expression by combining like terms:

    $3x+4y-2z+5y-3z+2x=3x+2x+4y+5y-2z-3z=5x+9y-5z$.

    Lastly we re-replace the variables with the corresponding square roots to get the desired solution:

    $3\sqrt3+4\sqrt5-2\sqrt2+5\sqrt5-3\sqrt2+2\sqrt3=5\sqrt3+9\sqrt5-5\sqrt2$.