2011 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 16
Problem 16
Which of the following is equal to ?
Solution 1
We find the answer by squaring, then square rooting the expression.
Solution 2
\begin{align*} &\sqrt{9-6\sqrt{2}}+\sqrt{9+6\sqrt{2}}\\ = \ &\sqrt{\left(\sqrt{81-38}+\sqrt{81+38}\right)}\\ = \ &\sqrt{\left(\sqrt{162}\right}\\ = \ &\sqrt{\left(\sqrt{(3^4)*2\right} = \ &\boxed{2\sqrt{6} \ \mathbf{(B)}}. \end{align*} (Error compiling LaTeX. ! File ended while scanning use of \align*.)
(Basically, this method turns the question into a 4th root and then simplifies it. By the way, this method is much easier.)
SuperWill
Solution 3 (FASTER!
We can change the insides of the square root into a perfect square and then simplify.
\begin{align*} &\sqrt{9-6\sqrt{2}}+\sqrt{9+6\sqrt{2}}\\ = \ &\sqrt{6-6\sqrt{2}+3}+\sqrt{6+6\sqrt{2}+3\\ = \ &\sqrt{\left{\sqrt{6}-\sqrt{3}}^2}+\sqrt{\left{\sqrt{6}+\sqrt{3}}^2}\\ = \ &\sqrt{6}-\sqrt{3}+\sqrt{6}+\sqrt{3}\\ = \ &\boxed{2\sqrt{6} \ \mathbf{(B)}}. \end{align*} (Error compiling LaTeX. ! File ended while scanning use of \align*.)
will3145
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