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Rationalising Denominators (2)

In this worksheet, students rationalise the denominator of a fraction, giving answers as surds if necessary.

'Rationalising Denominators (2)' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

Curriculum topic:  Number

Curriculum subtopic:  Calculate Exactly with Fractions and Multiples of Pi

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

When we rationalise the denominator of a fraction that contains roots, we aim to remove the surd from the bottom of the fraction.

Remember that

√a x √a = √aa = √ =a


 

Example

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

Answer

  

4
24

 

simplifies to

  

1
6

 

So the question is really asking us to rationalise

  

3
√6

 

Multiply top and bottom by √6 to get

 

3√6
√6√6

 

This simplifies to

 

3√6
√36

 

which simplifies to

 

3√6
6

 

which simplifies to

 

√6
2


or ½√6

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

 

(√2)/16

2√8

2

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

 

(√5)/7

2√7

√7

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

 

(√6)/3

2√3

√6

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

 

(√5)/5

5√5

√5

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

 

(√4)/5

2

√2

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

 

4

4√4

√4

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

 

(√7)/2

4/7√14

√7

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

 

4(√5)/5

4√5

√5

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

 

2(√3)/3

4√12

(√12)/3

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

 

(√20)/4

½√5

(√5)/4

  • Question 1

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
2√8
EDDIE SAYS
3/24 reduces to 1/8
Multiply top and bottom by √8
  • Question 2

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
√7
EDDIE SAYS
5/35 reduces to 1/7
Multiply top and bottom by √7
  • Question 3

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
(√6)/3
EDDIE SAYS
5/30 reduces to 1/6
Multiply top and bottom by √6
  • Question 4

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
√5
EDDIE SAYS
5/25 reduces to 1/5
Multiply top and bottom by √5
  • Question 5

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
2
EDDIE SAYS
The square root of 4/25 is 2/5
  • Question 6

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
4
EDDIE SAYS
4/4 reduces to 1
√1 = 1
  • Question 7

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
4/7√14
EDDIE SAYS
4/14 reduces to 2/7
Multiply top and bottom by √7
  • Question 8

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
4(√5)/5
EDDIE SAYS
3/15 reduces to 1/5
Multiply top and bottom by √5
  • Question 9

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
2(√3)/3
EDDIE SAYS
3/36 reduces to 1/12
Multiply top and bottom by √12 Remember 12 = 4 × 3
  • Question 10

Simplify by rationalising the denominator of this fraction giving your answer as a surd in the form a√b, where a and b are integers and b is as small as possible, or if the answer is a whole number, just state the whole number.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
½√5
EDDIE SAYS
4/80 reduces to 1/20
Multiply top and bottom by √20 Remember 20 = 4 × 5
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