Q: What are the two steps for simplifying radicals? Can either step be deleted? If you could add a step that might make simplifying radicals easier or easier to understand, what step would you add?

A: Step 1: Find the prime factorization of the number inside the radical.
Step 2: Determine the index of the radical. [ In this case, the index is two because it is a square root, which means we need two of a kind.
Step 3: Move each group of numbers or variables from inside the radical to outside the radical. In this case, the pair of 2?s and 3?s moved outside the radical.
Step 4: Simplify

the expressions both inside and outside the radical by multiplying. ]

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