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    Simplifying Square Root w/in square root

    I've been asked to simplify and I don't know how.

    1/[square root of 1/(square root of x+2) +2]

    Wow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tesla1410
    I've been asked to simplify and I don't know how.

    1/[square root of 1/(square root of x+2) +2]

    Wow.
    Fist we need to get it clear what you have been asked to simplify, is it:

    <br />
\frac{1}{\sqrt{\frac{1}{\sqrt{x+2}}+2}}\ ?<br />

    Whatever it truns out the exact problem is the key trick you will need
    to employ is:

    \frac{1}{\sqrt{something}}=\frac{\sqrt{something}}  {something}

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    Yes, you've stated the problem correctly. What's throwing me is the square root fraction w/in the square root - but then you probably know that's the hang up.

    BTW, is there some way I can use the trick symbols that so many others use? It would make writing a problem clearer.

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tesla1410
    ...

    BTW, is there some way I can use the trick symbols that so many others use? It would make writing a problem clearer.
    The mathematicts is being laid-out/typeset using a LaTeX system, the details
    can be found here.

    To see what is going on left chick on an equation and a window with the
    code used to set the equation will pop-up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tesla1410
    Yes, you've stated the problem correctly. What's throwing me is the square root fraction w/in the square root - but then you probably know that's the hang up.
    OK, simplify:

    <br />
\frac{1}{\sqrt{\frac{1}{\sqrt{x+2}}+2}}<br />

    Start with the innermost square root:

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\frac{1}{\sqrt{\frac{1}{\sqrt{x+2}}+2}}=<br />
\frac{1}{\sqrt{\frac{\sqrt{x+2}}{x+2}+2}}<br />
    <br />
=1 \left/\sqrt{\frac{\sqrt{x+2}+(2x+4)}{x+2}}\right{}<br />
    <br />
=\frac{\sqrt{x+2}}{\sqrt{\sqrt{x+2}+(2x+4)}}<br />
    <br />
=\frac{\sqrt{x+2}\sqrt{\sqrt{x+2}+(2x+4)}}{\sqrt{x  +2}+(2x+4)}<br />

    Now we need one more trick, we need:

    \left[\sqrt{A}+B\right]\left[\sqrt{A}-B\right]=A-B^2,

    so:

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\frac{1}{\sqrt{\frac{1}{\sqrt{x+2}}+2}}=<br />
\frac{\sqrt{x+2}\sqrt{\sqrt{x+2}+(2x+4)}}{\sqrt{x+  2}+(2x+4)}<br />
<br />
\times \frac{\sqrt{x+2}-(2x+4)}{\sqrt{x+2}-(2x+4)}<br />
    <br />
=\frac{\sqrt{x+2}\sqrt{\sqrt{x+2}+(2x+4)} (\sqrt{x+2}-(2x+4))}{(x+2)-(2x+4)^2}<br />

    I'm getting a bit tired at this point, but you can see where this is going,
    and maybe I'll get back to this later or someone else may complete it if
    you have further problems (also check the algebra!!).

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    Hello, tesla1410!

    I don't blame the Cap'n for tiring out.
    I suppose they want it completely rationalized . . . *sigh*


    We have: . \frac{1}{\sqrt{\frac{1}{\sqrt{x+2}}+2}} \;= \;\frac{1}{\sqrt{\frac{\sqrt{x+2}}{x+2} + 2}} = \;\frac{1}{\sqrt{\frac{\sqrt{x+2}\,+\,2(x+2)}{x+2}  }} = \;\sqrt{\frac{x + 2}{2(x+2)+\sqrt{x+2}}}


    Rationalize: . \sqrt{\frac{x + 2}{2x + 4 + \sqrt{x + 2}}\cdot\frac{2x + 4 - \sqrt{x-2}}{2x+4 -\sqrt{x+2}}}

    . . . . . . . =\;\sqrt{\frac{(x+2)(2x+4-\sqrt{x+2})}{(2x+4)^2 - (x + 2)}} = \;\sqrt{\frac{(x+2)(2x+4-\sqrt{x+2})}{4x^2+15x+18}}


    Rationalize: . \sqrt{\frac{(x+2)(2x+4 - \sqrt{x+2})}{4x^2+15x + 18}\cdot\frac{4x^2 + 15x + 18}{4x^2 + 15x + 18}}

    . . . . . . . = \;\sqrt{\frac{(x+2)(2x+4 - \sqrt{x+2})(4x^2 + 15x + 18)}{(4x^2 + 15x + 18)^2}}

    . . . . . . . = \;\frac{\sqrt{(x+2)(2x + 4 - \sqrt{x+2})(4x^2 + 15x + 18)}}{4x^2 + 15x + 18} . . . There!

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