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Rationalizing

Rationalizing

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There is an agreement

There is an agreement

in mathematics

that we dont leave a radical

in the denominator

of a fraction.

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So how do we change the denominator of a fraction?

So how do we change the denominator of a fraction?

(Without changing the value of the fraction, of course.)

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The same way we change the denominator of any fraction!

The same way we change the denominator of any fraction!

(Without changing the value of the fraction, of course.)

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We multiply the denominator

We multiply the denominator

by the same number.

and the numerator

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By what number

By what number

to a rational number?

to change it

can we multiply

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The answer is . . .

The answer is . . .

. . . by itself!

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Remember,

Remember,

is the number we square

to get n.

wed better get n.

So when we square it,

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Rationalizing

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Rationalizing

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Because we are changing the denominator

Because we are changing the denominator

we call this process rationalizing.

to a rational number,

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Rationalize the denominator:

Rationalize the denominator:

(Dont forget to simplify)

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Rationalize the denominator:

Rationalize the denominator:

(Dont forget to simplify)

(Dont forget to simplify)

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When there is a binomial with a radical in the denominator of a fraction, you find the conjugate and multiply. This gives a rational denominator.

When there is a binomial with a radical in the denominator of a fraction, you find the conjugate and multiply. This gives a rational denominator.

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Multiply by the conjugate.

Multiply by the conjugate.

FOIL numerator and denominator.

Next

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Simplify

Simplify

=

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Combine like terms

Combine like terms

Try this on your own:

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