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Why is it important to simplify radical expressions before adding or subtracting? How is adding radical expressions similar to and different from adding polynomial expressions? Provide a radical expression for your classmates to simplify.


In your own words, explain the first condition that must be met for a simplified radical. Explain why 5/(sqrt(2)) is not simplified and demonstrate the steps we must take to simplify it.

Review section 10.2 (p. 692) of your text. How do the laws work with rational exponents? Provide the class with an expression to simplify that includes rational (fractional) exponents.

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  1. explain the first condition that must be met for a simplified radical.

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