Simplify by Rationalizing the Denominator

Q:  Simplify by rationalizing the denominator:  √8/√24

Answer:  To rationalize the denominator, multiply both top and bottom by the denominator.  So, multiply both top and bottom by √24:

√8/√24

√8*√24 / √24*√24

Simplify the top and bottom like so:

√192 / 24

Now, we need to simplify the numerator!  It turns out that 192 = 64*3, so:

√192 / 24 = √64*√3 / 24

And, this simplifies to:

8*√3 / 24

Now, divide an 8 out of top and bottom to get:

√3 / 3

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