# How do you combine sqrt 3 - 1?

Nov 13, 2015

Had a shot but not happy with the outcome!

#### Explanation:

The only thing I can think of at the moment is:

$\left(\sqrt{3} - 1\right) \times 1$

But $1 = \frac{\sqrt{3}}{\sqrt{3}}$

giving:

$\left(\sqrt{3} - 1\right) \times \frac{\sqrt{3}}{\sqrt{3}}$

$\frac{3 - \sqrt{3}}{\sqrt{3}}$

Perhaps someone else can offer an alternative that is better!

Nov 22, 2015

You can't combine. You'll have to use a calculator.

#### Explanation:

$\sqrt{3} - 1 \approx 1.732 \ldots - 1 \approx 0.732 \ldots$