About Simplifying Radicals:

Once we understand how to evaluate a square root, cube root, and higher level roots, it’s time to learn how to perform operations with roots. We will learn how to multiply and divide roots. In the process, we will learn how to simplify roots. This is very important, as we always want to report a simplified answer.


Test Objectives
  • Demonstrate the ability to simplify a square root, cube root, or higher level root
  • Demonstrate the ability to find the product of two or more roots
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform a division with roots
Simplifying Radicals Practice Test:

#1:

Instructions: Simplify each.

a) $$\sqrt{125}$$

b) $$\sqrt{8}$$

c) $$\sqrt{18}$$


#2:

Instructions: Simplify each.

a) $$\sqrt{10} \cdot \sqrt{3}$$

b) $$\sqrt{6} \cdot \sqrt{12}$$

c) $$4\sqrt{5r^2} \cdot 4\sqrt{3r^2}$$


#3:

Instructions: Simplify each.

a) $$4\sqrt{15x^2} \cdot 5\sqrt{6x^3}$$

b) $$\frac{\sqrt{12}}{4\sqrt{3}}$$

c) $$\frac{\sqrt{8}}{\sqrt{16}}$$


#4:

Instructions: Simplify each.

a) $$\frac{3\sqrt{2}}{2\sqrt{18}}$$

b) $$\frac{3\sqrt{6}}{2\sqrt{8}}$$

c) $$2\sqrt[3]{750xy^4}$$


#5:

Instructions: Simplify each.

a) $$2\sqrt[4]{162x^8y^5}$$

b) $$7\sqrt[4]{405x^6y^5}$$


Written Solutions:

#1:

Solutions:

a) $$5\sqrt{5}$$

b) $$2\sqrt{2}$$

c) $$3\sqrt{2}$$


#2:

Solutions:

a) $$\sqrt{30}$$

b) $$6\sqrt{2}$$

c) $$16r^2\sqrt{15}$$


#3:

Solutions:

a) $$60x^2\sqrt{10x}$$

b) $$\frac{1}{2}$$

c) $$\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$$


#4:

Solutions:

a) $$\frac{1}{2}$$

b) $$\frac{3\sqrt{3}}{4}$$

c) $$10y\sqrt[3]{6xy}$$


#5:

Solutions:

a) $$6x^2y\sqrt[4]{2y}$$

b) $$21xy\sqrt[4]{5x^2y}$$