**Re: distance formula**
marshall1432 said:

i have a small question...regarding the distance formula...

(-7, 1) (5,3)

using the distance formula.....sqrt(x2-x1)+(y2-y1)...I was able to determine that the answer is sqrt(148)

How do I go about getting the final answer or is this...I am unsure, but I think it stays this way...

I don't need it in a decimal

You need to see if you can simplify sqrt(148)

Does 148 have any perfect square factors? If so, you can remove the square root of any perfect square factor from under the radical sign.

Here's an example:

Simplify sqrt(60)

Note that 60 = 4*15, and that 4 is a perfect square. So,

sqrt(60) = sqrt(4*15), or sqrt(4)*sqrt(15)

Now, you know that sqrt(4) is 2, so sqrt(4)*sqrt(15) can be written as 2 sqrt(15).

And sqrt(60 = 2 sqrt(15).

Since 15 does not have any perfect square factors, this is the simplest form for sqrt(60).

Try the same process on sqrt(148).