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The square root is a specific case of a radical, representing the operation of taking the square root of a number. Radicals, on the other hand, encompass all roots, including square roots, cube roots, and so on. Surds are a type of radical representing irrational numbers expressed in root form.

There are three sets of radical worksheets:

Examples, solutions, videos, and worksheets to help Grade 6 and Grade 7 students learn how to simplify square roots or simplify radicals.

How to simplify square roots?

There are two sets of simplify square roots worksheets.

  • simplify square roots of whole numbers
  • simplify square roots of fractions

To simplify square roots, you need to factor out any perfect squares from the radicand, which is the number under the radical symbol √.

You can follow these general guidelines to simplify square roots:

  • Identify perfect square factors: Look for perfect square factors. For example, in the square root of 48, you can identify the perfect square factor of 16 because 16 × 3 = 48.
  • Break down the number: Express the number inside the square root as the product of the perfect square factor and any remaining factors. For example, √48 = √(16 × 3).
  • Simplify each factor: Take the square root of each perfect square factor. In our example, √(16 × 3) becomes √16 × √3, which simplifies to 4√3 since the square root of 16 is 4.

Here is another example of simplifying square roots using the perfect square method or the prime factors method. Simplify Square Roots

If the radicand does not have any perfect squares, then the square root cannot be simplified. For example, the square root of 19 cannot be simplified.

Memorizing the perfect squares up to 100 will help you in simplifying square roots.

Have a look at this video if you need to review how to simplify square roots.

To simplify square root of fractions, you can simplify the numerator and denominator separately. Then, simplify the whole fraction if necessary.

Have a look at this video if you need to review how to simplify square roots of fractions.

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Simplify Square Root Worksheet #1 (whole numbers)
Simplify Square Root Worksheet #2 (fractions)

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