Adding and Subtracting Radical Terms The rules for the addition and
subtraction of terms containing radicals are the same as for the addition and subtraction of
“like terms.” You may add or subtract the coefficients of
terms which contain the same radical … same exact radical, with same exact
radicand. Remember that if the term contains other variable factors,
those factors must also be exactly alike. For example, When adding or subtracting
radicals, you must examine the radicals and make sure that they are _{}Notice that once you have simplified the radicals, the “rational” part of the radicand that comes out from underneath the radical will multiply the existing coefficient to form a new coefficient. The views and
opinions expressed in this page are strictly those of Mary Lou Baker. This page was edited on 15-Nov-2007 |