# Past Papers’ Solutions | Edexcel | AS & A level | Mathematics | Core Mathematics 1 (C1-6663/01) | Year 2015 | June | Q#1

Question

Simplify

a.

b.    giving your answer in the form a + √b , where a and b are integers.

Solution

a.

We are given;

b.

We are given;

If we need a rational number in the denominator of a fraction, we need to follow procedure of  “denominator rationalization” as given below.

ü If the denominator is of the form  then multiply both numerator and denominator by

ü If the denominator is of the form  then multiply both numerator and denominator by  .

ü If the denominator is of the form  then multiply both numerator and denominator by  .

We have algebraic formula;