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Tutor question #3 Simplify: \[\sqrt{5-\sqrt{21}}\] (conditions: pen, paper, no calculator, done in 2 minutes) *

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  1. lgbasallote
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    what if x = \(\sqrt{5-\sqrt{21}}\) then \(x^2 = 5 - \sqrt{21}\) \[x^2 - 5 = -\sqrt{21}\] \[(x^2 - 5)^2 = 21\] oh goodness quadratic o.O

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  2. satellite73
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    actually it is a 4th degree equation

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  3. Callisto
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    \[(x^2-5)^2=21\]\[x^4-10x^2+25=21\]\[x^4-10x^2+4=0\]\[x^4-10x^2+4=0\]\[x^2=\frac{10\pm \sqrt{(-10)^6-4(4)}}{2}\]\[x^2=5\pm \sqrt{21}\]Sorry... are you sure that it is 'simplified'?

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  4. Callisto
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    Oh.that's power 2, typo

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  5. satellite73
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    apparently it is also \[\sqrt{\frac{7}{2}}-\sqrt{\frac{3}{2}}\] i remember seeing something like this before but i am not sure i remember how to go from one to the other

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  6. Callisto
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    I need to know how to work that out.....

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  7. satellite73
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    cant seem to get it, i think it was a trick

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  8. Callisto
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    ............................ It... was ... a ... question ... asked ... when ... my friend applied for a summer job ...

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  9. satellite73
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    really? doing what??

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  10. Callisto
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    tutor - teaching high school students

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  11. satellite73
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    hmm i wonder what answer they wanted

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  12. Callisto
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    Same here...

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  13. Callisto
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    When I was doing some exercises few days ago, I saw similar questions, but clearer, like this: express \(\sqrt{28-2\sqrt{147}}\) in the form of \(\sqrt{x}-\sqrt{y}\). I can still handle this. But that one, I failed :(

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  14. satellite73
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    multiplying by the conjugate give \(\frac{2}{\sqrt{5+\sqrt{21}}}\) think

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  15. myininaya
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    any examples anywhere?

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  16. Callisto
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    example?!

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  17. myininaya
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    You want to show \[\sqrt{5-\sqrt{21}} \text{ equals } \frac{\sqrt{7}-\sqrt{3}}{2} ?\] was just wondering if you have an example for writing that one thing in that other form

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  18. myininaya
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    oops sqrt(2) on bottom

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  19. myininaya
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    how did you get that identity?

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  20. Callisto
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    From experience...

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  21. myininaya
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    lol great experience I want to prove that identity lol

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  22. Callisto
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    First, \((\sqrt{a} - \sqrt{b})^2\) = a + b -2\sqrt{ab} For a>b \[\sqrt{5-\sqrt{21}} = \sqrt{5-2\sqrt{\frac{21}{4}}}\] Now, a+b = 5 => a=5-b ab = 21/4 (5-b)b = 21/4 -4b^2 + 20b - 21 =0 b=1.5 or b =3.5 (rejected) a = 5 - 1.5 = 3.5 So, it is \(\sqrt{\frac{7}{2}}-\sqrt{\frac{3}{2}}\) Does that make sense?

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  23. myininaya
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    ok i see that identity :)

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  24. myininaya
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    that one is easy to prove

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  25. myininaya
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    maybe because it is an actual identity, right? :p

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  26. Callisto
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    Perfect square is perfect :)

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  27. Callisto
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    Does that make sense? Apart from the latex fail...

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  28. myininaya
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    very interesting i wouldn't have thought of that

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  29. Callisto
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    I'm going to post the link to satellite73's post then. He doesn't even come to check..

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  30. myininaya
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    Great work @Callisto :)

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  31. Callisto
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    And thank you for all your time!!!!

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