If a and b are positive numbers, explain how the value of

(sqrt{a}*sqrt{b})^2 compares with the value of a + b.

I used FOIL and ended up with a + 2(sqrt{ab}) + b, which does not equal a + b.

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You used "foil" on what? Of course, a+ 2sqrt{ab}+ b is not equal to a+ b, why should it be? Were you asked to about (sqrt{a}*sqrt{b})^2 or (sqrt{a}+ sqrt{a})^2? And you weren't asked to show these were equal, only to "compare" them. Which is larger, (sqrt{a}+ sqrt{b})^2 or (a+ b)^2?

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