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If n is positive, which of the following is equal to

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If n is positive, which of the following is equal to [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 20:26
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If n is positive, which of the following is equal to \frac{1}{\sqrt{n+1}-\sqrt{n}}

A. 1

B. \sqrt{2n+1}

C. \frac{\sqrt{n+1}}{\sqrt{n}}

D. \sqrt{n+1}-\sqrt{n}

E. \sqrt{n+1}+\sqrt{n}

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Last edited by Bunuel on 31 Jul 2013, 09:39, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: question--30 [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 21:01
just multiple numerator and denominator with sqrt(n+1)+sqrt(n)

E it is..
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Re: question--30 [#permalink] New post 05 Nov 2008, 23:33
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cant that be smiplified to and hence be answer A ?

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Re: question--30 [#permalink] New post 06 Nov 2008, 05:35
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just multiple numerator and denominator with sqrt(n+1)+sqrt(n)

E it is..


agree with E, same approach
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Re: question--30 [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2013, 09:31
domleon wrote:
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cant that be smiplified to and hence be answer A ?

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A also works for me.

Why E?
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Re: question--30 [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2013, 09:40
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domleon wrote:
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cant that be smiplified to and hence be answer A ?

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A also works for me.

Why E?


If n is positive, which of the following is equal to \frac{1}{\sqrt{n+1}-\sqrt{n}}

A. 1

B. \sqrt{2n+1}

C. \frac{\sqrt{n+1}}{\sqrt{n}}

D. \sqrt{n+1}-\sqrt{n}

E. \sqrt{n+1}+\sqrt{n}

This question is dealing with rationalisation of a fraction. Rationalisation is performed to eliminate irrational expression in the denominator. For this particular case we can do this by applying the following rule: (a-b)(a+b)=a^2-b^2.

Multiple both numerator and denominator by \sqrt{n+1}+\sqrt{n}: \frac{\sqrt{n+1}+\sqrt{n}}{(\sqrt{n+1}-\sqrt{n})(\sqrt{n+1}+\sqrt{n})}=\frac{\sqrt{n+1}+\sqrt{n}}{(\sqrt{n+1})^2-(\sqrt{n})^2)}=\frac{\sqrt{n+1}+\sqrt{n}}{n+1-n}=\sqrt{n+1}+\sqrt{n}.

Answer: E.

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