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Unformatted text preview: Simplifying square roots Sometimes you will have to simplify square roots, or write them in simplest form. In fractions, can be reduced to . In square roots, can be simplified to . There are two main methods to simplify a square root. Method 1: Factor the number under the into two factors, one of which is the largest possible perfect square. (Perfect squares are 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, 36, 49, ) Method 2: Completely factor the number under the into prime factors and then simplify by bringing out any factors that came in pairs....
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course MATH 1310 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.
- Fall '07
- Square Roots