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Activity 14
Rationalizing the Denominators of Radical Expressions

A. Determine whether each statement is true or false.

√2 √2
_______________ 1. To rationalize the denominator of the expression , multiply the expression by .
√3 √2
√6
_______________ 2. There is no need to rationalize the denominator of the expression .
3
√12
_______________ 3. The denominator of the expression can still be rationalized.
2
1 √3
_______________ 4. The denominator of the expression can be rationalized as .
√3 9
125 125
_______________ 5. To rationalize the denominator of the expression , multiply the expression by .
√14 √14
√3
_______________ 6. The denominator of the expression can be rationalized by multiplying both the numerator
√2
and the denominator by √3.
√3 √6
_______________ 7. The denominator of the expression can be rationalized as .
√2 4
_______________ 8. The radical √4 cannot be used to rationalize the denominator of any radical expression.
√5
_______________ 9. The denominator of the expression can be rationalized by multiplying both the numerator
3
and denominator by 3.
√18
_______________ 10. There is no need to rationalize the denominator of the expression .
√2

B. Rationalize the denominator of each radical expression on the left and look for its corresponding result on the
right. Write the letter of the correct answer on the blank before each number.

√𝑥 2
_____ 1. a. 2√2
√𝑥
√𝑥 √2
_____ 2. b.
√4𝑥 2
√8 1
_____ 3. 𝑥 c. 2

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_____ 4. d. 2
√2
√32
_____ 5. e. √𝑥
√8
2√2𝑥
f. 𝑥

C. Analyze and solve the following problems.

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1. A group of three students were asked to paint a board with an area of 6 square meters. Assuming that
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the board is a square, what will be the measurement of a side?

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2. A circular lot with an area of 4 sq. m. is to be planted with tomatoes. What is the radius of the lot? (Use
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𝜋= and express your answer as a radical in simplest form.)
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