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Q: What are the two steps for simplifying radicals
A: 1 Identify perfect-square factors of any numbers underneath the radical sign. A perfect square is a number that has a whole-number square root. [ For example, in the expression, ?8, 8 is not a perfect square, but you can write it as perfect-square factors of 8 so the expression looks like this: ?(4 x 2).Remove the perfect square number from the radicand by finding its square root. The radicand
includes all the numbers underneath the radical sign. In the expression, ?(4 x 2), 4 can be removed because it has a whole-number square root.Multiply the remaining radical expression by the square root. The example expression would look like this: 2?2. Since 2 is not a perfect square, this expression can't be simplified any further. 4 Combine similar radical expressions. If radical terms in an expression have the same radicand, you can combine the radical terms. For example, 2?2 + 3?2 is the same as 5?2. 5 Put fractions with radicals in simplest terms. Consider the expression (4 - ?8)/2. In its current form, the fraction can't be simplified because both terms in the numerator can't be divided by 2. However, if you simplify the radical, you find that ?8 = 2?2. Now the expression looks like this: (4 - 2?2)/2. The fraction isn't in its simplest form because you're able to eliminate the denominator by dividing both terms in the numerator by 2. The simplified expression looks like this: 2 - ?2. Read more: How to Simplify Radicals for Algebra 2 Step by Step | eHow.com ]
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User: What are the two steps for simplifying radicals

Weegy: 1 Identify perfect-square factors of any numbers underneath the radical sign. A perfect square is a number that has a whole-number square root. [ For example, in the expression, ?8, 8 is not a perfect square, but you can write it as perfect-square factors of 8 so the expression looks like this: ?(4 x 2).Remove the perfect square number from the radicand by finding its square root. The radicand includes all the numbers underneath the radical sign. In the expression, ?(4 x 2), 4 can be removed because it has a whole-number square root.Multiply the remaining radical expression by the square root. The example expression would look like this: 2?2. Since 2 is not a perfect square, this expression can't be simplified any further. 4 Combine similar radical expressions. If radical terms in an expression have the same radicand, you can combine the radical terms. For example, 2?2 + 3?2 is the same as 5?2. 5 Put fractions with radicals in simplest terms. Consider the expression (4 - ?8)/2. In its current form, the fraction can't be simplified because both terms in the numerator can't be divided by 2. However, if you simplify the radical, you find that ?8 = 2?2. Now the expression looks like this: (4 - 2?2)/2. The fraction isn't in its simplest form because you're able to eliminate the denominator by dividing both terms in the numerator by 2. The simplified expression looks like this: 2 - ?2. Read more: How to Simplify Radicals for Algebra 2 Step by Step | eHow.com ]
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User: What are the two steps for simplifying radicals? Can either step be deleted? If you could add a step that might make it easier or easier to understand, what step would you add? Give an example.

Weegy: Radicals are mathematical expressions that involve square roots. The radical sign means to take the square root of. [ A radical expression is simplified when: none of the numbers under the radical sign are perfect squares; there are no fractions under the radical sign; and there are no radicals in the denominator of a fraction. Once you understand how the process of simplifying works with real numbers, the same methods can be applied to simplify radical expressions with variables. ]
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