## Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: Concepts & Applications (6th Edition)

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Using $(a+b)(a-b)=a^2-b^2$, or the product of the sum and difference of like terms,and the properties of radicals, the given expression, $(2-\sqrt{3})(2+\sqrt{3}) ,$ is equivalent to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} 2^2-(\sqrt{3})^2 \\\\= 4-3 \\\\= 1 .\end{array}