# Exploring Radicals

- Author:
- Susan Pacifico, Accesscd

- Topic:
- Root

Drag the slider to see which numbers can be simplified.

The "radicand" is the term for the number underneath the square root symbol.

Find an example of a composite radicand that can be simplify. Explain how it is simplified. Check your answer using the slider above.

Find an example of a different composite radicand that can be simplify. Explain how it is simplified. Check your answer using the slider above.

Find an example of a composite radicand that CANNOT be simplify. Why can it not be simplified?

If the radicand is prime, can it be simplified? Why or why not?

Move the slider to 150, can you correct this error?