Ch 12: Praxis Mathematics: Radicals Operations

About This Chapter

Use this chapter's video lessons and quizzes to study methods for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing radical expressions. Prepare to answer these types of questions on the Praxis Mathematics exam.

Praxis Mathematics: Radicals Operations - Chapter Summary

Prepare for Praxis Mathematics exam questions on number theory and algebra with this chapter's video lessons. Instructors show you how to do the following with algebraic expressions containing square roots:

  • Add and subtract with radical notation
  • Multiply radical expressions with two or more terms
  • Multiply and simplify radical expressions
  • Rationalize denominators in radical expressions
  • Use the quotient rule to divide radical expressions

Our chapter on radicals operations uses entertaining video lessons to walk you through problem-solving steps. Additional resources include transcripts with links to text lessons that take a closer look at key mathematics terminology. There are also multiple-choice quizzes you can use to track your progress.

Praxis Mathematics: Radicals Operations Objectives

The Praxis Mathematics exam is used by some state licensing agencies to assess the subject area knowledge of aspiring secondary school math teachers. There are 50 multiple-choice questions in all, and you'll be given two hours to complete the exam, which is available in paper- and computer-based formats.

The test is divided into ten content domains, one of which includes around eight questions on algebra and number theory. Lessons and quizzes in this chapter can help you prepare for questions that require an ability to perform basic arithmetic operations with algebraic expressions that include radicals.

6 Lessons in Chapter 12: Praxis Mathematics: Radicals Operations
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Addition and Subtraction Using Radical Notation

1. Addition and Subtraction Using Radical Notation

There are specific rules governing adding and subtracting radical expressions. This lesson will describe these rules and give examples of how they are used.

Multiplying Radical Expressions with Two or More Terms

2. Multiplying Radical Expressions with Two or More Terms

Multiplying radical expressions with more than two terms can be confusing. This lesson will take some of the confusion away by giving clear steps for multiplying these expressions. It will also provide some examples to help solidify the steps.

Division and Reciprocals of Radical Expressions

3. Division and Reciprocals of Radical Expressions

Watch this video lesson to learn what you need to do when dividing radical expressions. Learn what you need to look out for before you divide and why you can't leave your radical in your denominator.

Multiplying then Simplifying Radical Expressions

4. Multiplying then Simplifying Radical Expressions

Multiplying 2 or more radical expressions uses the same principles as multiplying polynomials, with a few extra rules for dealing with the radicals. This lesson will teach you how to multiply and then simplify radical expressions.

Dividing Radical Expressions

5. Dividing Radical Expressions

When dividing radical expressions, we use the quotient rule. This lesson will describe the quotient rule and how to use it to solve these radical expressions.

Rationalizing Denominators in Radical Expressions

6. Rationalizing Denominators in Radical Expressions

Radical expressions containing denominators are not simplified completely unless the denominator is free of radical symbols. This lesson will teach you how to remove a radical from the denominator of a fraction through a process called rationalizing the denominator.

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