How do you simplify (3rd root of 5) divided by (sqrt of 5)?

1 Answer
Sep 21, 2015

Answer:

#root(6)(3125)/5#

Explanation:

You won't be able to multiply or divide them until they have the same index. So to simplify this, we will make them have the same index.
#root(3)(5)/sqrt5#

Using the Law of Indices, we can rewrite this as:
#=5^(1/3)/5^(1/2)#

As you can see, they both have fraction exponents now. We must now make those fraction exponents have the same denominator. You can use any multiple of 2 and 3, but the easiest to use is 6 (since that is the least common denominator).
#=5^[(1/3)(2/2)]/5^[(1/2)(3/3)]#
#=5^[2/6]/5^[3/6]#

Using the Law of Indices again, you can rewrite this as:
#=root(6)(5^2/5^3)#
#=color(red)root(6)(1/5)#

You can have that as your final answer. However, you can still rationalize this if you want. Simply multiply something that will remove the radical from the denominator.
#=root(6)(1/5)#
#=root(6)(1)/root(6)(5)#
#=root(6)(1)/root(6)(5)*root(6)(5^5)/root(6)(5^5)#
#=root(6)(1*5^5)/root(6)(5^6)#
#=root(6)(5^5)/5#
#=color(red)(root(6)(3125)/5)#