# Thread: Square root and simplest form

1. ## Square root and simplest form

$\sqrt{\frac{18ab}{16b^4}} = \sqrt{\frac{9a}{8b^3}}$

Is that in simplest form? There is probably something else I can do but I can't spot anything

2. ## Re: Square root and simplest form

Originally Posted by uperkurk
$\sqrt{\frac{18ab}{16b^4}} = \sqrt{\frac{9a}{8b^3}}$

Is that in simplest form? There is probably something else I can do but I can't spot anything
It really depends upon you mean by simplest form.

You can say $\sqrt{\frac{18ab}{16b^4}} = \sqrt{\frac{9a}{8b^3}}=\frac{3}{2}\sqrt{\frac{a}{2 b}}$ .

3. ## Re: Square root and simplest form

Originally Posted by Plato
It really depends upon you mean by simplest form.

You can say $\sqrt{\frac{18ab}{16b^4}} = \sqrt{\frac{9a}{8b^3}}=\frac{3}{2}\sqrt{\frac{a}{2 b}}$ .
But would that be classed as "simpler" or just equally similar?

Write in simplest radical form: $\sqrt[3]{54y^8}$ and I have no idea how to go about this.

**EDIT** $\sqrt{(6y\times9y)^4}$ is this a start?

4. ## Re: Square root and simplest form

Originally Posted by uperkurk
But would that be classed as "simpler" or just equally similar?
Well, I did say it depends on who is asking.

Originally Posted by uperkurk
Write in simplest radical form: $\sqrt[3]{54y^8}$ and I have no idea how to go about this.
$\sqrt[3]{54y^8}=\sqrt[3]{(7)(2^3)(y^6)(y^2)}}=2y^2\sqrt[3]{7y^2}$

5. ## Re: Square root and simplest form

Originally Posted by Plato
Well, I did say it depends on who is asking.

$\sqrt[3]{54y^8}=\sqrt[3]{(7)(2^3)(y^6)(y^2)}}=2y^2\sqrt[3]{7y^2}$
I was actually asking you, in your opinion, which would you prefer to see?

also did you mean $\sqrt[3]{(6)(3^3)(y^6)(y^2)}$ ?

Also I can see how you worked it out, thanks.

6. ## Re: Square root and simplest form

Originally Posted by Plato
Well, I did say it depends on who is asking.

$\sqrt[3]{54y^8}=\sqrt[3]{(7)(2^3)(y^6)(y^2)}}=2y^2\sqrt[3]{7y^2}$
hello,

I don't want to pick at and you but...

$7 \cdot 8 \ne 54$

7. ## Re: Square root and simplest form

Originally Posted by uperkurk
I was actually asking you, in your opinion, which would you prefer to see?

also did you mean $\sqrt[3]{(6)(3^3)(y^6)(y^2)}$ ?

Also I can see how you worked it out, thanks.
... probably you mean: $\sqrt[3]{(2)(3^3)(y^6)(y^2)}$

8. ## Re: Square root and simplest form

Originally Posted by earboth
... probably you mean: $\sqrt[3]{(2)(3^3)(y^6)(y^2)}$
wha?!!! now I'm mega confused... $(2)(9)=18$

$(6)(9)=54$ ?

9. ## Re: Square root and simplest form

Originally Posted by earboth
hello,

I don't want to pick at and you but...

$7 \cdot 8 \ne 54$
I don't know what I was thinking. Of course it is 56.

But $54=2(3^3)$ so $\sqrt[3]{54}=3\sqrt[3]2$