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When‍ it ⁣comes to simplifying radical ‍expressions, adding and subtracting 𝅺can sometimes ‌be‍ intimidating. However,‌ fear not! This article will walk ‌you through ‍the ⁣process step-by-step,⁤ ensuring that you can‌ confidently tackle ⁣any radical expression⁤ involving addition or ⁣subtraction.

The first key to simplifying ‌radical expressions is understanding the basics. A radical expression⁣ consists of⁣ a⁤ radical symbol (√) and⁢ a ‌radicand, which is𝅺 the number or expression ‍underneath⁣ the radical symbol.⁢ To simplify, we𝅺 aim to ​find the​ factors that are⁣ perfect squares⁤ (for square ⁤roots) or perfect‌ cubes ⁢(for cube⁤ roots) ⁣of𝅺 the radicand.

Let’s ‍apply this ‍knowledge ⁢to‍ an example:

Consider the expression √18⁣ + √8. ‌To ‍begin simplifying, we break down⁣ each⁢ radicand into its prime factorization:

√18 ​=⁣ √(2 × 3 × 3) =⁣ √(2⁣ × 32)‌ = 3√2

√8 ‍= ⁣√(2‌ × 2 ‌× 2)⁤ = √(23) ‍= 2√2

Now, we can ​add‍ the​ simplified expressions:

3√2‌ +‌ 2√2 = 5√2 (combining like terms)

And that’s​ it!⁣ Our 𝅺final result is 5√2.

To further⁢ illustrate, let’s consider a subtraction ⁤example:

√32⁤ – ⁤√2

√32 ‍= √(2 × 2 × 2 × 2 ×‌ 2)‍ = ​√(25) = 2√2

√2 remains ​as⁤ is 𝅺since 𝅺it 𝅺cannot be further simplified.

Subtracting these expressions:

2√2 -‍ √2⁣ = √2 ⁤(combining 𝅺like ⁣terms)

Our simplified result⁣ is √2.

To summarize, simplifying radical expressions involving addition‍ or⁢ subtraction‌ requires breaking down the radicands into‍ their 𝅺prime factors​ and ​simplifying ⁢them ⁤individually. Once simplified, we⁤ can⁣ combine like ‍terms by⁤ adding ‌or subtracting the​ resulting expressions.

In𝅺 conclusion, simplifying radical expressions ⁢involving addition and subtraction⁤ may⁣ seem complex at first,‌ but with⁤ a solid ⁣understanding of ​the⁢ process, it becomes much 𝅺simpler. By following the ‌steps outlined ​in this article, you ‍can confidently navigate⁣ through any radical ​expression problem⁣ and ‍simplify it with ease.