How do you simplify #sqrt 21 times sqrt 3#?

1 Answer
Mar 29, 2016

Answer:

#+-3sqrt(7)#

Explanation:

Notice that #3xx7=21#

Write as:#" "sqrt(3xx7)xxsqrt(3)#

This is the same as

#" "sqrt(3)xxsqrt(7)xxsqrt(3)#

Which is the same as

#" "(sqrt(3))^2xxsqrt(7)#

#" "3sqrt(7)#

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Note that if #sqrt(3)# is negative then #(sqrt(3))^2# is positive so the 3 is definitely positive.

However, #sqrt(7)# stands on its own so we have #+-sqrt(7)#

Thus #3sqrt(7)" is more correctly written as "+-3sqrt(7)#