Video: Simplifying Numerical Expressions Involving Square Roots

Simplify −3 + √(3) − 2.

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Simplify negative three plus root three minus two.

In order to simplify this, we need to group the rational terms and the irrational terms. The rational terms in this case are negative three and negative two. The only irrational term is root three. Negative three minus two is equal to negative five. As the only irrational term is root three, our simplified version is negative five plus root three. This could also be written as root three minus five.

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