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INSTRUCTOR GUIDANCE EXAMPLE: Week Three Discussion

Simplifying Radicals

1. Simplify each expression using the rules of exponents and explain the steps you

are taking.

2. Next, write each expression in the equivalent radical form and demonstrate how it

can be simplified in that form, if possible.

3. Which form do you think works better for the simplification process and why?

#51. (2-4)1/2

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(-4*1/2)

2-2

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22

The exponent working on an exponent calls for the Power Rule.

The exponents multiply each other.

-4*1/2 = -2 so the new exponent is -2.

The negative exponent makes a reciprocal of base number and

exponent.

The final simplified answer is ¼. This is the principal root of the

square root of 2-4.

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4

1

81x 12 4

#63. 20

y

4 14 12 14

3 x

1

y 20 4

3x 3

y5

The Power Rule will be used again with the outside exponent

multiplying both the inner exponents. 81 = 34

4*1/4 = 1, 12*1/4 = 3, and 20*1/4 = 5

All inner exponents were multiples of 4 so no rational exponents are left.

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#89.

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First rewrite each number as a prime to a power.

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Use the Power Rule to multiply the inner exponents.

The negative has to be dealt with somewhere so I will put it with

the 2 in the numerator.

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3*2/3 = 2 in both numerator and denominator.

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The squaring eliminates the negative for the answer.

It turns out that the examples I chose to work out here didn’t use all of the vocabulary

words and required one which wasn’t on the list. Students should be sure to use words

appropriate to the examples they work on.