# Simplify expression - steps?

• Sep 16th 2008, 01:46 PM
xJenniferx
Simplify expression - steps?
THe link below shows a picture of a problem i need help in how can i solve it? what are the step by step? you can also help me solve it so i can find ot how to solve my other problems. Thanks ;]

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• Sep 16th 2008, 02:17 PM
thelostchild
do you know the rule for manipulating radicals
$\sqrt{ab}=\sqrt{a} \times \sqrt{b}$

so use this and taking out the common factor of $\sqrt{x^2}=|x|$

then use the fact that $\sqrt{90}=\sqrt{9} \times \sqrt{10}=3 \sqrt{10}$
• Sep 16th 2008, 04:08 PM
xJenniferx
i still don't know how should i do the problem.... is there a step by step showing of that problem. im sorry. ;[
• Sep 16th 2008, 04:16 PM
icemanfan
We start with: $5\sqrt{10x^2} - \sqrt{90x^2}$

We can simplify the second radical by pulling out a factor of 9: $5\sqrt{10x^2} - \sqrt{9} \cdot \sqrt{10x^2}$

Then the square root of 9 becomes 3: $5\sqrt{10x^2} - 3\sqrt{10x^2}$

We combine the like terms: $2\sqrt{10x^2}$

We can also take out a factor of x^2: $2\sqrt{x^2} \cdot \sqrt{10}$

The square root of x^2 is the absolute value of x: $2|x|\sqrt{10}$

And the problem is done, because $\sqrt{10}$ cannot be further broken down.