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Simplify:

$5\left(2{x}^{\frac{3}{4}}\right)\left(3{x}^{\frac{1}{5}}\right)$

${\left(\frac{16}{9}\right)}^{\frac{1}{2}}$

$\begin{array}{cc}30{x}^{\frac{3}{4}}{x}^{\frac{1}{5}}\hfill & \phantom{\rule{2.5em}{0ex}}\text{Multiplythecoefficients}.\hfill \\ 30{x}^{\frac{3}{4}+\frac{1}{5}}\hfill & \phantom{\rule{2.5em}{0ex}}\text{Usepropertiesofexponents}.\hfill \\ 30{x}^{\frac{19}{20}}\hfill & \phantom{\rule{2.5em}{0ex}}\text{Simplify}.\hfill \end{array}$

$\begin{array}{cc}{\left(\frac{9}{16}\right)}^{\frac{1}{2}}\hfill & \phantom{\rule{2em}{0ex}}\text{\hspace{1em}\hspace{1em}}\text{Usedefinitionofnegativeexponents}.\hfill \\ \sqrt{\frac{9}{16}}\hfill & \phantom{\rule{2em}{0ex}}\text{\hspace{1em}\hspace{1em}}\text{Rewriteasaradical}.\hfill \\ \frac{\sqrt{9}}{\sqrt{16}}\hfill & \phantom{\rule{2em}{0ex}}\text{\hspace{1em}\hspace{1em}}\text{Usethequotientrule}.\hfill \\ \frac{3}{4}\hfill & \phantom{\rule{2em}{0ex}}\text{\hspace{1em}\hspace{1em}}\text{Simplify}.\hfill \end{array}$
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Key concepts
 The principal square root of a number
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}a\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ is the nonnegative number that when multiplied by itself equals
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}a.\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ See
[link] .
 If
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}a\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ and
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}b\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ are nonnegative, the square root of the product
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}ab\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ is equal to the product of the square roots of
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}a\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ and
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}b\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ See
[link] and
[link] .
 If
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}a\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ and
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}b\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ are nonnegative, the square root of the quotient
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\frac{a}{b}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ is equal to the quotient of the square roots of
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}a\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ and
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}b\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ See
[link] and
[link] .
 We can add and subtract radical expressions if they have the same radicand and the same index. See
[link] and
[link] .
 Radical expressions written in simplest form do not contain a radical in the denominator. To eliminate the square root radical from the denominator, multiply both the numerator and the denominator by the conjugate of the denominator. See
[link] and
[link] .
 The principal
n th root of
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}a\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ is the number with the same sign as
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}a\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ that when raised to the
n th power equals
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}a.\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ These roots have the same properties as square roots.
See
[link] .
 Radicals can be rewritten as rational exponents and rational exponents can be rewritten as radicals. See
[link] and
[link] .
 The properties of exponents apply to rational exponents. See
[link] .
Section exercises
Verbal
What does it mean when a radical does not have an index? Is the expression equal to the radicand? Explain.
When there is no index, it is assumed to be 2 or the square root. The expression would only be equal to the radicand if the index were 1.
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Numeric
For the following exercises, simplify each expression.
Algebraic
For the following exercises, simplify each expression.
Realworld applications
A guy wire for a suspension bridge runs from the ground diagonally to the top of the closest pylon to make a triangle. We can use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the length of guy wire needed. The square of the distance between the wire on the ground and the pylon on the ground is 90,000 feet. The square of the height of the pylon is 160,000 feet. So the length of the guy wire can be found by evaluating
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\sqrt{\mathrm{90,000}+\mathrm{160,000}}.\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ What is the length of the guy wire?
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A car accelerates at a rate of
$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}6\frac{\sqrt{4}}{\sqrt{t}}{\text{m/s}}^{2}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ where
t is the time in seconds after the car moves from rest. Simplify the expression.
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Extensions
For the following exercises, simplify each expression.
$\frac{\sqrt{m{n}^{3}}}{{a}^{2}\sqrt{{c}^{\mathrm{3}}}}\cdot \frac{{a}^{\mathrm{7}}{n}^{\mathrm{2}}}{\sqrt{{m}^{2}{c}^{4}}}$
$\frac{\sqrt{mnc}}{{a}^{9}cmn}$
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Questions & Answers
show that the set of all natural number form semi group under the composition of addition
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Dominic
explain and give four Example hyperbolic function
The denominator of a certain fraction is 9 more than the numerator. If 6 is added to both terms of the
fraction, the value of the fraction becomes 2/3. Find the original fraction.
2. The sum of the least and greatest of 3 consecutive integers is 60. What are the valu
1. x + 6 2
 = _
x + 9 + 6 3
x + 6 3
 x  (cross multiply)
x + 15 2
3(x + 6) = 2(x + 15)
3x + 18 = 2x + 30 (2x from both)
x + 18 = 30 (18 from both)
x = 12
Test:
12 + 6 18 2
 =  = 
12 + 9 + 6 27 3
Pawel
2.
(x) + (x + 2) = 60
2x + 2 = 60
2x = 58
x = 29
29, 30, & 31
Pawel
on number 2 question How did you got 2x +2
Ifeanyi
combine like terms. x + x + 2 is same as 2x + 2
Pawel
Q2
x+(x+2)+(x+4)=60
3x+6=60
3x+66=606
3x=54
3x/3=54/3
x=18
:. The numbers are 18,20 and 22
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Mark and Don are planning to sell each of their marble collections at a garage sale. If Don has 1 more than 3 times the number of marbles Mark has, how many does each boy have to sell if the total number of marbles is 113?
Mark = x,. Don = 3x + 1
x + 3x + 1 = 113
4x = 112, x = 28
Mark = 28, Don = 85, 28 + 85 = 113
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x2y+3z=3
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Solve for the first variable in one of the equations, then substitute the result into the other equation.
Point For:
(6111,4111,−411)(6111,4111,411)
Equation Form:
x=6111,y=4111,z=−411x=6111,y=4111,z=411
Brenna
(61/11,41/11,−4/11)
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x=61/11
y=41/11
z=−4/11
x=61/11
y=41/11
z=4/11
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Source:
OpenStax, College algebra. OpenStax CNX. Feb 06, 2015 Download for free at https://legacy.cnx.org/content/col11759/1.3
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