Rationalize Denominators of Radical Expressions
Questions with Solutions for Grade 10

Grade 10 questions on how to rationalize radical expressions with solutions are presented.

To rationalize radical expressions with denominators is to express the denominator without radicals

The following identities may be used to rationalize denominators of rational expressions.
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Examples

Rationalize the denominators of the following expressions and simplify if possible.
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solution

Because of √2 in the denominator, multiply numerator and denominator by √2 and simplify
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solution

Because of 3√x in the denominator, multiply numerator and denominator by (3√x)2 and simplify
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solution

Because of the expression √3 - √2 in the denominator, multiply numerator and denominator by its conjugate √3 + √2 to obtain
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solution

Because of the expression 3√(x2) in the denominator, multiply numerator and denominator by (3√(x2))2 to obtain
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Simplify and cancel terms
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solution

Because of the expression y + √(x2+y2) in the denominator, multiply numerator and denominator by its conjugate y - √(x2 + y2) to obtain
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Questions With Answers

Rationalize the denominators of the following expressions and simplify if possible.
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Solutions to the Above Problems

  1. Multiply numerator and denominator by √5
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    and simplify
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  2. Multiply numerator and denominator by √2 - √3
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  3. Multiply numerator and denominator by (3√(x4))2
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    and simplify
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  4. Multiply numerator and denominator by y - √(x2 + y2)
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    and simplify
    equation 20

More References and links

Simplify Radical Expressions - Questions with Solutions for Grade 10
High School Maths (Grades 10, 11 and 12) - Free Questions and Problems With Answers
Middle School Maths (Grades 6, 7, 8, 9) - Free Questions and Problems With Answers
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