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What is the value of \(\sqrt{25+10\sqrt{6}}+\sqrt{25-10\sqrt{6}}\)?

A. \(2\sqrt{5}\) B. \(\sqrt{55}\) C. \(2\sqrt{15}\) D. 50 E. 60

Square the given expression to get rid of the roots, though don't forget to un-square the value you get at the end to balance this operation and obtain the right answer:

Must know for the GMAT: \((x+y)^2=x^2+2xy+y^2\) (while \((x-y)^2=x^2-2xy+y^2\)).

I understand the simplification part but Isn`t the final value 60? I am not sure why you are doing the square root of 60

It is done becaue Bunuel starts with a squared value of the expression that we need to evalute (look below). This is the reason why you then have to take the square root to get the value of the question asked.

You need to find the value of \((\sqrt{25+10\sqrt{6}}+\sqrt{25-10\sqrt{6}})\) and NOT \((\sqrt{25+10\sqrt{6}}+\sqrt{25-10\sqrt{6}})^2\)

Bunuel wrote:

Square the given expression to get rid of the roots, though don't forget to un-square the value you get at the end to balance this operation and obtain the right answer:

Must know for the GMAT: \((x+y)^2=x^2+2xy+y^2\) (while \((x-y)^2=x^2-2xy+y^2\)).

Alternative solution: 10*\(\sqrt{6}\) = \(\sqrt{600}\), which is approximately 24.5 as 600 lies between 24*24=576 and 25*25=625 So, \(\sqrt{25+24.5}\) + \(\sqrt{25-24.5}\) = \(\sqrt{49,5}\) + \(\sqrt{0.5}\) ≈ slightly more than 7+ around 0.7*≈ 8

* 0.7*0.7 =0.49 ≈ 0,5

So, we can eliminate A, D and E

B and C 2*\(\sqrt{15}\)≈ 2*4 ≈ 8 - contender

\(\sqrt{55}\) - loser. First, 55 is closer to 49 than to 64, so \(\sqrt{55}\) is closer to 7. Second, using guessing technique, we see that 55 has no pair with any other number in answer choices, whilst there is a pair of 60s - 60 and \(\sqrt{60}\).

We factor 5 => \(\sqrt{25+10\sqrt{6}\)+\(\sqrt{25-10\sqrt{6}\)=\(\sqrt{5(5+2\sqrt{6})\)+\(\sqrt{5(5-2\sqrt{6})\)

Now we write \(\sqrt{5(5+2\sqrt{6})\) as \(\sqrt{5(3+2+2\sqrt{6})\)=\(\sqrt{5(\sqrt{3}+\sqrt{2})^2\) and \(\sqrt{5(5-2\sqrt{6})\) as \(\sqrt{5(3+2-2\sqrt{6})\)=\(\sqrt{5(\sqrt{3}-\sqrt{2})^2\)

What is the value of \(\sqrt{25+10\sqrt{6}}+\sqrt{25-10\sqrt{6}}\)?

A. \(2\sqrt{5}\) B. \(\sqrt{55}\) C. \(2\sqrt{15}\) D. 50 E. 60

Square the given expression to get rid of the roots, though don't forget to un-square the value you get at the end to balance this operation and obtain the right answer:

Must know for the GMAT: \((x+y)^2=x^2+2xy+y^2\) (while \((x-y)^2=x^2-2xy+y^2\)).

What is the value of \(\sqrt{25+10\sqrt{6}}+\sqrt{25-10\sqrt{6}}\)?

A. \(2\sqrt{5}\) B. \(\sqrt{55}\) C. \(2\sqrt{15}\) D. 50 E. 60

Square the given expression to get rid of the roots, though don't forget to un-square the value you get at the end to balance this operation and obtain the right answer:

Must know for the GMAT: \((x+y)^2=x^2+2xy+y^2\) (while \((x-y)^2=x^2-2xy+y^2\)).

I find the official solution to be very long and it would take me probably 4-5 minutes to finish the answer. By then I would probably pick 60 since i would forget to take the square root.

My approach was using the approximate numbers for each. First I recognized that sqroot of 6 is 2.5 so the second part was equal to 0. The first part was 25+25=50. Square root of 50 is just over 7. Then I looked that answers and found the number closest to the one I got. It will take you probably less than 1:30 to solve using this method.