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Equations Containing Radicals and Complex Numbers


In this lesson you will continue to work with irrational numbers. You will also be introduced to the
imaginary number system.


After completing this lesson, you should be able to
 •simplify products and quotients of binomials that contain radicals;
 •solve equations involving radicals;
 •find decimal representations of real numbers;
 •use imaginary numbers to simplify radical expressions; and
 •add, subtract, multiply, and divide complex numbers.


Chapter 6, Sections 6–4 through 6–8


Section 6–4: Binomials Containing Radicals (pages 274–275)

When multiplying an expression that contains a radical by another expression that contains a radical,
you must multiply radicals by radicals and nonradicals by nonradicals. The radicals do not have to
be like radicals to multiply.

Example 1: Simplify

The multiplication is done as with multiplying binomials: First, Outer, Inner, Last (FOIL):

Add values together:

Because none of the terms have like radicals, this is the simplified answer.

Example 2: Simplify

Remember when a quantity is involved, you multiply the quantity by itself; you do not square the
individual terms. Try this and then check your simplification:

Rationalizing a denominator that contains a binomial is a little different than when the denominator
is not a binomial. Let's experiment with the fraction

If the denominator were only 3, then you would multiply by the numerator and denominator:

Notice the denominator still has a radical in it. The denominator has not been rationalized.

If we multiply the denominator by the same binomial but change the middle sign, the radical will fall
out. That denominator is called the conjugate of the denominator:

The radicals are opposite so they subtract out:

Example 3: Simplify

Try this yourself and check your simplification:

Example 4: Simplify

Try this yourself and check your simplification:

Example 5: Find

The domain of the function is Place in for the x variables in the function so that
becomes and, then, simplify:

Example 6: Show by substitution that are roots of x^2 − 2 x − 2 = 0.

Substitution requires placing the roots in for x. Then do the math to show the equation equals zero.
Place the roots in one at a time. I will work through with the root first. Then you can work
through with the root

Your turn. If you have problems, check my figures below:

Example 7: For our last problem in this section, let's simplify problem 44 on page 276 of your

This problem is different because the denominator of the second term has the subtraction problem
within the radical. This means you do not use the conjugate. The conjugate is used only when the
addition or subtraction sign is outside of the radical. Rationalize the denominator by multiplying by

Now get similiar denominators:

Use the distributive property:

Study Exercises

Complete the odd–numbered problems 1–43 on pages 275–276 of the textbook. Check your answers
in the back of the textbook.

Section 6–5: Equations Containing Radicals (pages 277–279)

What is the difference between the equations ? One is a radical
equation, and one is not. A radical equation has the variable within the radical. Squaring is part of
the process of solving the radical equation. If the variable is not within the radical, squaring is not
part of solving the equation. The key to solving radical equations is to get the radical term on one
side of the equation by itself. After the radical term is alone, you can raise both sides to the power
that will be the inverse operation of the radical. The radical is then gone and the equation can be
solved. Sometimes when solving a radical equation, an extraneous root may be found. This is a root
that is not a solution. For this reason, you must check all roots in the original equation to be sure the
root found is a true solution. Both equations are solved below:

This does not have to be checked because the equation was not a radical equation. The variable was
not in the radical:

This does need to be checked, because the original equation was a radical equation:

4 is a solution.

Example 1: Solve

Work to get the radical term, alone. This will require adding the 2 over:

The radical term is now alone. The radical term uses the square root. So square both sides of the

Continue to solve:

Now check the root to make sure it is not an extraneous root:

The solution is 4.

Example 2: Solve

Begin by isolating the radical term:

Square both sides:

Move all terms to one side, set equal to zero:


Now check the solutions. Double-check yours against mine.
The only solution is 23:

−1 is an extraneous root:

Example 3: Solve

In this problem, you cannot isolate the radical term. There are too many of them. But the problem
can be made easier by separating the radical terms:

Square both sides:

Notice the right side must be squared as a quantity:

Again work to isolate the remaining radical:

Square both sides again:

Move all terms to one side and set equal to zero:


Now check the solutions. Double-check yours with mine.
The only solution is 23:

−1 is an extraneous root:

Example 4: Solve Then, solve and check.

Separate radicals:

Square both sides:

Square right side as a binomial:

Work to isolate radical:

Square both sides:

Move all terms to one side and set equal to zero:


Check results:

2 is an extraneous root. The only solution is 18.

Study Exercises

Complete the odd–numbered problems 1–35 on pages 280–281 and the mixed–review problems
1–11 on page 282 of your textbook. Check your answers in the back of the textbook.

Section 6–6: Rational and Irrational Numbers (pages 283–285)

Lesson 1 introduced you to rational and irrational numbers. A rational number may or may not
contain a decimal portion. If the number has digits to the right of the decimal, the decimal portion
will eventually terminate, or the pattern of the digits will repeat. 3.4567 and 3.446544654465 are
both rational numbers.

An irrational number always has a decimal portion, and the digits after the decimal will never repeat
or terminate. Irrational numbers always result when you take a root of a number that is not a perfect
square or cube, etc. Pi is also an irrational number. In this section, you will determine whether a
value is rational or irrational. You will also convert rational numbers from fractions to decimals and
from decimals to fractions. To convert a fraction to a decimal, just divide the numerator by the
denominator. To convert a decimal to a fraction, write the decimal the way you read the fraction. For
example, the decimal 0.037 is read as "thirty-seven thousands," so write the fraction as 37/1000. Finally,
reduce the fraction, if necessary. Converting repeating decimals to fractions takes more skill.

Example 1: Convert to a decimal.

The decimal repeats the pattern 89 endlessly. Because two numbers are repeated, we will multiply
the decimal by 100, which contains two zeros. N will represent the fraction for which we are

Subtract the two values and all of the repeating 89s will subtract out:

The fraction for You can divide 89 by 99 and see whether its decimal is the repeating

Example 2: Convert to a fraction.

Separate the number into its whole part and decimal part. Use only the decimal part for the
conversion. Tack the 2 onto the fraction when finished. One digit repeats, so multiply by 10, which
has one zero. Try this yourself and check your results:

This is the fraction, but it contains a decimal. Multiply the numerator and denominator by 100 to
move the decimal two places to the right: 321/900 simplifies to 107/300.

Tack on the 2 (from the original problem), and you have

Study Exercises

Complete the odd–numbered problems 1–31 on page 286 of the textbook. Check your answers in the
back of the textbook.

Section 6–7: The Imaginary Number i (pages 288–289)

After reading the pages in your textbook on the imaginary number i, you realize that There
are just a few things to remember when working with imaginary numbers:

1. The value of i^2 is −1. Because

2. Always bring the i out of a radical before doing any other simplification.

Example 1: Simplify

The incorrect method would be to multiply first: The i was lost
because multiplication of two negative numbers results in a positive.

The correct method would be to bring the i out first: , the final
simplification is You will obtain a different answer when you perform the simplification

Example 2: Simplify

Before reducing the fraction, bring out the i:

The value of i is so i is a radical. It cannot be left in the denominator:

Example 3: Simplify

Try this yourself and then check it:

Example 4: Solve 5x^2 + 13 = 1:

Next, take the square root of both sides. Remember that the answer can be positive or negative when
taking the square root. Place the ± signs on the radical immediately. The ± signs will stay out in
front of any other values brought out of the radical:

Example 5: Simplify

Begin by simplifying each radical:

Add like terms:

This section is a great review of radical work with a slight twist involving i. Enjoy it!

Study Exercises

Complete the odd–numbered problems 1–53 ("Written Exercises") on pages 290–291 of the
textbook and the odd mixed–review problems 1–13 on page 291. Check your answers in the back of
the textbook. Section 6–8: The Complex Numbers (pages 292–294)

Complex numbers contain real and imaginary numbers. Simplify these problems just as you have
been doing—just remember to treat i with respect!

Example 1: Simplify (13 − 4 i) − (3 i − 25):

Example 2: Simplify (−3 + 4 i) (2 − 3 i):

Example 3: Simplify (3 − 4 i)^2 (3 + 4 i)^2:

Example 4: Simplify

Example 5: Find the reciprocal of

The reciprocal of Now rationalize the denominator:

Example 6: If find

Place in for x.

Then check your simplification and answer:

Study Exercises

Complete the odd-numbered problems 1–49 on pages 295–296 of the textbook. Check your answers
in the back of the textbook.

Now you are almost ready for your tenth and last progress evaluation. There are self-tests on pages
282 (problems 11 and 13) and 297 of your textbook. You can also review odd problems 7–15 on the
Chapter Review on page 302. The answers to these problems are located in the back of your
textbook. You can also take the following quiz to help you prepare (answers are at the end of this

Quiz: Equations Containing Radicals and Complex Numbers

1. Simplify

2. Simplify

3. Give the fraction for

4. Solve

5. Solve

This section provides answers to the quiz in Lesson 10.

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