Simplifying Radical Expressions Containing One
Term
Example
Simplify:
Solution
This radical expression is not in simplified form because it has a radical in
its denominator.
To begin, we will write the expression as a quotient under a single radical
symbol.
Then we will try to simplify that quotient so that it can be written without
a denominator.


Use the Division Property of
Radicals to write the quotient
under one radical symbol. 

Simplify the radicand. 

We have rewritten the radicand
without a denominator. However,
the radicand has some factors that
are perfect squares. 

Factor the radicand. Use perfect
square factors when possible.


Write as a product of radicals.
Place each perfect square under
its own radical symbol. 

Simplify the square root of each
perfect square. 

Multiply the factors outside the
radical symbol. 

So, 

