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It's all in the roots! (Posted on 2004-06-04) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Simplify the following:
√(3 - √5) + √(4 + √7) + √(6 - √35)

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Solution re(2): Long answer - very interesting | Comment 3 of 8 |
(In reply to re: Long answer - very interesting by Erik O.)

I got a similar result this way: I supposed there existed some identity like √(a√b)= XY. Squaring to remove a square root sign, you get a√b=X+Y2XY.

Since this is ONE equation with TWO unknowns, and there is still another square root to remove, in order to simplify a little I decided to try out letting a=X+Y so some terms would go away.

That identity implies that X=a/2+z and Y=a/2-z. Substituting, √b=2√(a/4-z). Squaring again to remove both square roots at the same time, we finally get z=(1/2)√(a-b).

From now on, operating I reached the same √(14) result as e.g.

Edited on June 4, 2004, 2:59 pm
  Posted by Federico Kereki on 2004-06-04 14:54:09

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