Express (2root5 - 3root10)^2 in the form a+broot2 and hence find the values of a and b. If you can please help and explain the method and how to solve equations similar to this. Thanks
That is not an equation. Anyway:
$\displaystyle (a-b)^2=a^2-2ab+b^2$, so:
$\displaystyle (2\sqrt 5-3\sqrt {10})^2=(2\sqrt 5)^2-2\cdot 2\sqrt 5 \cdot 3\sqrt {10} + (3\sqrt {10})^2=$
$\displaystyle =4\cdot 5-12\sqrt{5\cdot 10}+3\cdot 10=20-12\cdot 5 \sqrt 2 +30=50-60\sqrt 2$
a = 50, b = -60