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Multiplying and Distributing Radical Expressions - Problem 6

Teacher/Instructor Alissa Fong
Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

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The distributive property of multiplication is true for integers or radicals, as we'll see here. You have a choice of simplifying the roots before you distribute, or simplifying the product later- you'll get the same answer either way. When multiplying with radicals and coefficients, you multiply the coefficients (or outside numbers) separately from the radicands (or "inside the root" numbers).

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