Surds  Level 1A selfmarking exercise on calculating, simplifying and manipulating surds (also known as radicals). 
Without using a calculator simplify the following. You can use the √ button to insert the radical symbol. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 9 questions correct and you do this activity online.
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Level 1  Simplifying surds
Level 2  Simplifying the product of two surds
Level 3  Simplifying the product of integers and surds
Level 4  Simplifying the sum of integers and surds
Level 5  Simplifying fractions containing surds
Level 6  Rationalising the denominator of a fraction
Level 7  Miscellaneous questions involving surds
Paper Surprising Perimeter  A wonderful surds problem with a surprising result.
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There are three statements referring to surds in the English National Curriculum:
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The key properties you need are:
$$\sqrt{80} = \sqrt{4\times4\times5} = \sqrt{4}\times\sqrt{4}\times\sqrt{5} = 2\times2\times\sqrt{5} = 4\sqrt{5}$$
$$\sqrt{8}\times\sqrt{12} = \sqrt{4\times2}\times\sqrt{4\times3} = 2\times\sqrt{2}\times2\times\sqrt{3} = 4\sqrt{6}$$
$$(5+\sqrt{7})(5\sqrt{7}) = 25+5\sqrt{7}5\sqrt{7}7 = 257 = 18$$
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