# Need step by step help with simplifying square roots

• Sep 26th 2011, 12:26 PM
YassAttack
[SOLVED] simplifying square roots
http://i.imgur.com/jZvOT.png

I've been trying for 20 mins =/ 3 and 5 can't be broken down, do i just multiply them?
• Sep 26th 2011, 12:30 PM
Siron
Re: Need step by step help with simplifying square roots
Multiply the fraction with $\displaystyle \frac{\sqrt{3}-\sqrt{5}}{\sqrt{3}-\sqrt{5}}$
• Sep 26th 2011, 12:30 PM
Re: Need step by step help with simplifying square roots
Quote:

Originally Posted by YassAttack
http://i.imgur.com/jZvOT.png

I've been trying for 20 mins =/ 3 and 5 can't be broken down, do i just multiply them?

You can obtain an integer in the denominator position by multiplying by

$\displaystyle 1=\frac{\sqrt{3}-\sqrt{5}}{\sqrt{3}-\sqrt{5}}$
• Sep 26th 2011, 12:58 PM
YassAttack
Re: Need step by step help with simplifying square roots
Got it. Thanks guys!
• Sep 26th 2011, 01:09 PM
Siron
Re: Need step by step help with simplifying square roots
You're welcome! :)