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    what is the easiest way to learn surds in mathematics?

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    what is the easiest way to learn surds in mathematics?
    Just learn the basic laws of multiplying and dividing them and do a few practice questions to get your head round them.
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    (Original post by navbaje)
    what is the easiest way to learn surds in mathematics?
    First learn the general rules.
    Eg. x\sqrt{a} \times y\sqrt{b} = x\times y\sqrt{ab} = xy\sqrt{ab}

a\sqrt{b} + c\sqrt{b} = (a+c)\sqrt{b}
    This page set on bbc bitesize seems to cover most of the basics

    Also, learn common surds for simplifying, for example:
     \sqrt{8} = 2\sqrt{2}

\sqrt{27} = 3\sqrt{3}

    Finally, do plenty of practise questions. Practise is really the most important thing within maths, as it helps consolidate the rules you've learnt. You could start with these questions from maths genie (answers here), although a quick google would find you plenty more

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