What you want is:
This is my first post, thank you for your consideration.
My question regards the process of adding radicals.
If it follows that
√8 = √2+4 = 2√2.
When why doesn't 2√2 + 2√2 = 2+2+√2+√2; instead of the correct answer of 4√2. How come the other like terms are discarted?
I know there is a super simple answer to this which will make me look like a complete mule, but I would rather be an informed mule than a proud fool.
I think I got really focused upon the deconstruction of the radicand and some how my "brain head" as Trippy would say got addition and multipication mixed up....I don't know. Thanks for the clarification everyone.