Adding and subtracting exponents help

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• Oct 17th 2012, 05:28 AM
xXplosionZz
Adding and subtracting exponents help
Ok, I really need help with his these steps work, and what to do ect. I have no idea what to do when it comes toadying or subtracting exponents, I just know that the index, and radicands must be the same, what do I do if they are different, what do I do if there is no coefficient ct. The question is the square root of seven, minus the square root oof 28 plus 3 times the square root of 63.
• Oct 17th 2012, 07:56 AM
bjhopper
Re: Adding and subtracting exponents help
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Originally Posted by xXplosionZz
Ok, I really need help with his these steps work, and what to do ect. I have no idea what to do when it comes toadying or subtracting exponents, I just know that the index, and radicands must be the same, what do I do if they are different, what do I do if there is no coefficient ct. The question is the square root of seven, minus the square root oof 28 plus 3 times the square root of 63.

Hint rad28= 2rad7
• Oct 17th 2012, 12:27 PM
earboth
Re: Adding and subtracting exponents help
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Originally Posted by xXplosionZz
...The question is the square root of seven, minus the square root oof 28 plus 3 times the square root of 63.

If I understand your question correctly you want to simplify

$\displaystyle \sqrt{7} - \sqrt{28} + 3 \sqrt{63}$

Factor (if possible) and determine partially the square-root:

$\displaystyle \sqrt{7} - \sqrt{4 \cdot 7} + 3 \sqrt{9 \cdot 7}$

You should come out with $\displaystyle 8\sqrt{7}$
• Oct 17th 2012, 04:15 PM
xXplosionZz
Re: Adding and subtracting exponents help
Thank you very much, it was the part where I had to square root the 4 and the 9, then multiply those by the coefficient which I drew a blank, and then proceed to add/ subtract. :D