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

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ISBN 10: 0-32184-874-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-32184-874-1

Chapter 10 - Exponents and Radicals - 10.5 Expressions Containing Several Radical Terms - 10.5 Exercise Set - Page 661: 48



Work Step by Step

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, $ (\sqrt{12}+\sqrt{5})(\sqrt{12}-\sqrt{5}) ,$ is equivalent to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} (\sqrt{12})^2-(\sqrt{5})^2 \\\\= 12-5 \\\\= 7 .\end{array}
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