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Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Algebra: Surds

Surds are numbers left in 'square root form' (or 'cube root form' etc). They are therefore irrational numbers. The reason we leave them as surds is because in decimal form they would go on forever and so this is a very clumsy way of writing them. (See here for notes and examples )

Skills needed to answer GCSE questions

Using Surds in calculations

Simplifing Surds

Rationalise Surds (which needs you to remember the difference of 2 squares)

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