# SAT Math : Squaring / Square Roots / Radicals

## Example Questions

### Example Question #201 : Exponents

Evaluate .

None of the other choices gives the correct response.

Explanation:

Apply the Power of a Product Rule:

,

and

so, substituting and evaluating:

### Example Question #202 : Exponents

Raise  to the power of 4.

Explanation:

The easiest way to find  is to note that

.

Therefore, we can find the fourth power of  by squaring , then squaring the result.

Using the binomial square pattern to square :

Applying the Power of a Product Property:

Since  by definition:

Square this using the same steps:

,

the correct response.

### Example Question #211 : Exponents

Evaluate

None of the other choices gives the correct response.

None of the other choices gives the correct response.

Explanation:

Apply the Power of a Product Rule:

Applying the Product of Powers Rule:

raised to any multiple of 4 is equal to 1, and , so, substituting and evaluating:

This is not among the given choices.

### Example Question #212 : Exponents

is the complex conjugate of .

Evaluate

.

Explanation:

conforms to the perfect square trinomial pattern

.

The easiest way to solve this problem is to add  and , then square the sum.

The complex conjugate of a complex number  is .

,

so  is the complex conjugate of this;

and

Substitute 14 for :

.

### Example Question #213 : Exponents

is the complex conjugate of .

Evaluate

.

Explanation:

conforms to the perfect square trinomial pattern

.

The easiest way to solve this problem is to add  and , then square the sum.

The complex conjugate of a complex number  is .

,

so  is the complex conjugate of this;

and

Substitute 8 for :

.

### Example Question #214 : Exponents

is the complex conjugate of .

Evaluate

.

Explanation:

conforms to the perfect square trinomial pattern

.

The easiest way to solve this problem is to subtract  and , then square the difference.

The complex conjugate of a complex number  is .

,

so  is the complex conjugate of this;

Substitute  for :

By definition, , so, substituting,

,

the correct choice.

### Example Question #215 : Exponents

Remember that .

Simplify:

Explanation:

Use FOIL to multiply complex numbers as follows:

Since , it follows that , so then:

Combining like terms gives:

### Example Question #216 : Exponents

Simplify:

Explanation:

Use FOIL:

Combine like terms:

But since , we know

### Example Question #217 : Exponents

is the complex conjugate of .

Evaluate

.

Explanation:

conforms to the perfect square trinomial pattern

.

The easiest way to solve this problem is to subtract  and , then square the difference.

The complex conjugate of a complex number  is .

,

so  is the complex conjugate of this;

Taking advantage of the Power of a Product Rule and the fact that :

### Example Question #218 : Exponents

Raise  to the fourth power.

None of these

Explanation:

By the Power of a Power Rule, the fourth power of any number is equal to the square of the square of that number:

Therefore, one way to raise  to the fourth power is to square it, then to square the result.

Using the binomial square pattern to square :

Applying the Power of a Product Property:

Since  by definition:

Square this using the same steps: