1. ## Rationalize the denominator

[\MATH]\frac{1}{((x)^(1/3)-(y)^(1/3))}[/tex]

2. ## Re: Rationalize the denominator

\frac{1}{((x)^(1/3)-(y)^(1/3))}

3. ## Re: Rationalize the denominator

$\frac1{x^{1/3}-y^{1/3}}$

$=\frac1{x^{1/3}-y^{1/3}}\cdot\frac{x^{2/3}+x^{1/3}y^{1/3}+y^{2/3}}{x^{2/3}+x^{1/3}y^{1/3}+y^{2/3}}$

$=\frac{x^{2/3}+x^{1/3}y^{1/3}+y^{2/3}}{x-y}$

Note that the expression which I multiplied the numerator and denominator by is just the second half of the difference of cubes formula.

4. ## Re: Rationalize the denominator

I've noticed... but I don't understand why you have to do that but rules are rules I guess... Thank you so much for your response!!! But how is that x-y in the denominator?

5. ## Re: Rationalize the denominator

Originally Posted by purplec16
I've noticed... but I don't understand why you have to do that but rules are rules I guess... Thank you so much for your response!!! But how is that x-y in the denominator?
$\left(x^{1/3}-y^{1/3}\right)\left(x^{2/3}+x^{1/3}y^{1/3}+y^{2/3}\right)$

Distributing, we have

$=x+x^{2/3}y^{1/3}+x^{1/3}y^{2/3}-x^{2/3}y^{1/3}-x^{1/3}y^{2/3}-y$

Now, combining like terms leaves

$=x-y$.