Ch 18: WEST Math: Radical Expressions

About This Chapter

Let our brief, comprehensive video lessons guide you through the processes of working with radical expressions. Use the quizzes that follow as a way to test your level of preparedness for the WEST Math exam.

WEST Math: Radical Expressions - Chapter Summary

The video lessons in this chapter can help to refresh or deepen your knowledge of radical expressions. By following along, you'll learn more about these key skills that you'll need to answer questions on the WEST Math exam:

  • Finding the square root of a number
  • Adding and subtracting radicals
  • Simplifying square roots and expressions
  • Multiplying and dividing radical expressions
  • Rationalizing denominators
  • Using radical expressions to factor

Our lessons are simple-to-follow and fun to watch, allowing you to spend as much time on each subject as you need. Using this active studying method makes learning radical expressions easier.

Chapter Objectives

In Washington state, individuals who wish to teach math must exhibit their knowledge of mathematical concepts by passing the WEST Math exam to receive certification. The radical expressions topics covered in this chapter will be featured in the second part of the exam, Patterns, Algebra, and Functions, which makes up about 24% of the test. Assessing your knowledge by taking the accompanying quizzes allows you to get a glimpse of the types of questions you'll find on the real exam.

The questions on the test are multiple-choice. You may be asked to solve an equation or real-world problem by using radical expressions.

8 Lessons in Chapter 18: WEST Math: Radical Expressions
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How to Find the Square Root of a Number

1. How to Find the Square Root of a Number

What is a square root? In this lesson, we'll learn what a square root is and how to find it. We'll review a variety of examples in order to master the concept.

Simplifying Square Roots When not a Perfect Square

2. Simplifying Square Roots When not a Perfect Square

Numbers that are imperfect squares are those that, when evaluated, do not give solutions that are integers. The proper mathematical way to simplify these imperfect squares is discussed in this lesson.

Simplifying Expressions Containing Square Roots

3. Simplifying Expressions Containing Square Roots

In order to write radical expressions correctly, they have to be written in their simplest form. This lesson will show you how to simplify expressions containing numbers and variables inside a square root.

Factoring Radical Expressions

4. Factoring Radical Expressions

Watch this video lesson to learn how to apply the product rule to your radical expressions. Learn how this product rule actually helps you to simplify your radicals as well.

Multiplying then Simplifying Radical Expressions

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

Addition and Subtraction Using Radical Notation

8. 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.

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