How do you simplify #sqrt(72)#?

1 Answer
Jul 1, 2015

Answer:

#sqrt72 = 6sqrt2#

Explanation:

Check to see if #72# is divisible by a perfect square:
#2^2 = 4# and #72 = 4*18#
So #sqrt72 = sqrt(4*18) = sqrt4*sqrt18 =2sqrt18#

Continue be checking to see is #18# is divisible by a perfect square:
#2^2 = 4#, and #18# is not divisible by #4#
#3^2=9# and #18=9*2#

so we get:
#sqrt72 = 2sqrt18 = 2sqrt(9*2)=2sqrt9sqrt2=2*3sqrt3=6sqrt2#

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