simplifying surds: (1+2sqrt(3)+sqrt(5))/((1+sqrt(3))(sqrt(3)+sqrt(5))) + (sqrt(5)+2sqrt(7)+3)/((sqrt(5)+sqrt(7))(sqrt(7)+3))

nanase

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I am trying to simplify fractional surds problem

I have tried multiplying the surds in the bottom with the conjugates but I still end up with complicated surds that I can't simplify.

Any error I made or can you guide me what I missed?
Thank youuu

I am trying to simplify fractional surds problem
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I have tried multiplying the surds in the bottom with the conjugates but I still end up with complicated surds that I can't simplify.
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Any error I made or can you guide me what I missed?
Thank youuu
My first thought, without looking at your work, was that there must be a trick to make it simpler. And there is: Rewrite the expression as

It should be easier now.

oh wait hold on, will I have 1 as the numerator for each denominator in brackets?, Okay i will continue working on it, thank you
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I am still getting an expression I can't divide.
The answer said it should be 1, but I think this is far from that hahahah (my sad laugh)

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oh wait hold on, will I have 1 as the numerator for each denominator in brackets?, Okay i will continue working on it, thank you
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I am still getting an expression I can't divide.
The answer said it should be 1, but I think this is far from that hahahah (my sad laugh)

I hope you see why what you wrote is wrong. It would be helpful if you didn't skip steps, so we could be sure where the first line comes from, without having to guess.

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I hope you see why what you wrote is wrong. It would be helpful if you didn't skip steps, so we could be sure where the first line comes from, without having to guess.

Ahhh! Thank you for that! I made a terrible mistake... I got the following that leads to 1.
$\frac{\sqrt{3}-1}{2}+\frac{\sqrt{5}-\sqrt{3}}{2}+\frac{\sqrt{7}-\sqrt{5}}{2}+\frac{\sqrt{3}-7}{2}$Now I can sleep well thanks to you Dr Peterson!

Ahhh! Thank you for that! I made a terrible mistake... I got the following that leads to 1.
$\frac{\sqrt{3}-1}{2}+\frac{\sqrt{5}-\sqrt{3}}{2}+\frac{\sqrt{7}-\sqrt{5}}{2}+\frac{\sqrt{3}-7}{2}$Now I can sleep well thanks to you Dr Peterson!
I think that you need to get some sleep and try again after you are rested. The only way the answer is 1 is if you end up with 2/2. If the numerator is going to be 2, then all these radicals will cancel out and you'll be left with -1 - 7 which is -8. There are two problems, -8/2 is not 1 and all the radicals do NOT cancel out.

Please try again and show your work so someone here can point out some errors, if there are any. Remember, you can do it

I think that you need to get some sleep and try again after you are rested. The only way the answer is 1 is if you end up with 2/2. If the numerator is going to be 2, then all these radicals will cancel out and you'll be left with -1 - 7 which is -8. There are two problems, -8/2 is not 1 and all the radicals do NOT cancel out.

Please try again and show your work so someone here can point out some errors, if there are any. Remember, you can do it
oh yes I do need some sleep...., I just had some typo in the last numerator, it should be 3 - root 7. I misplaced the root sign due to latex coding.
Thanks for the accuracy spot, Steven G.