Intermediate Algebra for College Students (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-13417-894-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-13417-894-3

Chapter 7 - Section 7.5 - Multiplying with More Than One Term and Rationalizing Denominators - Exercise Set - Page 550: 98


$\displaystyle \frac{x-16}{x-4\sqrt{x}}$

Work Step by Step

We lose the square roots in the numerator by applying the difference of squares formula: $(a\sqrt{x}+b\sqrt{y})(a\sqrt{x}-b\sqrt{y})=(a\sqrt{x})^{2}-(b\sqrt{y})^{2}$ $=a^{2}x-b^{2}y$ $\displaystyle \frac{\sqrt{x}+4}{\sqrt{x}}\color{red}{ \cdot\frac{\sqrt{x}-4}{\sqrt{x}-4} }\qquad$ (rationalize) $=\displaystyle \frac{(\sqrt{x})^{2}-4^{2}}{\sqrt{x}(\sqrt{x}-4)}$ $=\displaystyle \frac{x-16}{(\sqrt{x})^{2}-4\sqrt{x}}$ $=\displaystyle \frac{x-16}{x-4\sqrt{x}}$
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