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8.2 Simplifying Radical Expressions

8.2 Simplifying Radical Expressions

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 Unit:
Roots and Radicals
Module:
Simplifying Radical Expressions
 
Simplifying Radicals
 
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A
negative exponent
tells you to treat its base as a fraction and flip it over.Then the exponent becomes positive.
 
When dealing with
rational exponents
:
 
the numerator tells you to raise the base to the indicated power.
the denominator tells you to find the indicated root.
 
This work involves remembering the things we’ve recentlybeen learning.The
negative exponent
means flip the number over.Once you flip, the exponent becomes positive.
 
The denominator of the
rational exponent
asks for theroot, i.e., the number that produced each of these bases.Figure that out and your new base will have a wholenumber exponent, i.e., the original numerator.
 
Raise your new base to the power indicated by theexponent and you’re done.
 
This is a great example of how using rational exponentscan vastly simplify even a horrible-looking problem.Notice that applying the rational exponent to each factorresulted in small numbers so the actual multiplication wassimple arithmetic.
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