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### Course: Algebra 1>Unit 11

Lesson 3: Simplifying square roots

# Exponents & radicals: FAQ

Frequently asked questions about exponents & radicals

## What are exponent properties?

We can use these properties of exponents to help us simplify expressions involving exponents:
Product rule: ${x}^{a}×{x}^{b}={x}^{a+b}$. For example, ${x}^{2}×{x}^{3}={x}^{5}$.
Power rule: $\left({x}^{a}{\right)}^{b}={x}^{ab}$. For example, $\left({x}^{2}{\right)}^{3}={x}^{6}$.
Quotient rule: $\frac{{x}^{a}}{{x}^{b}}={x}^{a-b}$. For example, $\frac{{x}^{5}}{{x}^{2}}={x}^{3}$.
Zero exponent rule: ${x}^{0}=1$. For example, ${7}^{0}=1$.

## What are radicals?

A radical is a symbol that we use to write square roots, cube roots, and other roots. For example, $\sqrt{81}$ is the square root of $81$, or the number we can multiply by itself to get $81$. Another example is $\sqrt[3]{\phantom{A}8}$, which is the cube root of $8$, or the number we can multiply by itself to get $8$.
Practice with our Square roots exercise.
Practice with our Cube roots exercise.

## What are some common ways to simplify square roots?

One common way to simplify square roots is to factor the radicand (the number inside the square root symbol) into perfect squares. For example, $\sqrt{50}$ can be simplified by factoring $50$ into $25$ times $2$:
$\sqrt{50}=\sqrt{25×2}=\sqrt{25}×\sqrt{2}=5\sqrt{2}$

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• Is this correct?

Product: if you multiply a number with an exponent by the same number but with a different exponent, you add the two exponents together, leaving the whole number as is.

Power: If you multiply a number with an exponent by an exponent, you multiply the two exponents and leave the base number alone.

Quotient: Since division is the opposite of multiplication, naturally the addition power of multiplying exponents becomes subtraction when you divide them. (Be careful with negative numbers! They have tripped me up several times.)

Zero exponent rule: strange and tricky. imagine it like this: you have a number you want to multiply exponentially, say, 7. Instead of thinking this as the base, think of the neutral base as 1. If 1 is multiplied exponentially by 7 zero times, it wasn't multiplied at all. so it remains its original self: 1. If it was multiplied once, it would be 7. (This is just an idea of how to think about it! please someone comment if you see a flaw in my logic.)

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• Well, the radical specifically refers to the actual symbol, "√", that is used to denote any kind of roots (square roots, cube roots, and so on.).
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