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    So I have this equation above. Looking at the exam question, I can see that you can divide each part by 4 to simplify it, giving 4-root5

    However, do you ever have to divide the 5 (inside the square root) by 4? I had a question the other day from a past paper, and for something like (4√5)/4, they had divided the 4 by four, but also divided the √5 by 4. It gave them an answer of like √(5/4).

    In the situation I described above, I don't mean the question used the same numbers as the first equation at the top of the page, but they used the same technique (with different numbers).

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    So I have this equation above. Looking at the exam question, I can see that you can divide each part by 4 to simplify it, giving 4-root5

    However, do you ever have to divide the 5 (inside the square root) by 4? I had a question the other day from a past paper, and for something like (4√5)/4, they had divided the 4 by four, but also divided the √5 by 4. It gave them an answer of like √(5/4).

    In the situation I described above, I don't mean the question used the same numbers as the first equation at the top of the page, but they used the same technique (with different numbers).

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    You shouldn't be dividing the inside of the surd for questions like this. It can be useful to think of a surd as a letter in algebra so your example would be

    \displaystyle \frac{16-4x}{4}

    And that's equal to 4-x i.e. 4-\sqrt{5}

    Your other example also isn't a case where you divide the inside of the surd. It would be useful if you could remember the question since it's hard to guess what you mean.
 
 
 
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