Surds Starter Questions
Surds Practice Worksheets
Practice surds with Cazoomy. Surds worksheet 1 contains simplifying surds exercises. The questions are in table format. Surds worksheet 2 works on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing surds. It also contains questions on rationalising the denominator. Surds worksheet 3 contains more difficult questions on expanding brackets with surds involved. Surds worksheet 4 asks students to rationlise the denominator for more tricky questions at grade 9 year 11. Surds worksheet 5 targets students in year 9 writing exact answers involving calculations with surds. Surds worksheet 6 practices recognising real and rational numbers.
Laws of Surds
What are Surds?
A surd is an irrational number - it cannot be written as the fraction a/b where a and be are integers. Surds are written with a √ symbol. √2 is a surd for example, expressed as “root 2”. The example below shows division rules for Surds such that √2 ÷ √3 is written as √2/√3. Notice that √2/√3 is not a fraction in the form a/b where a and b are integers - a whole number, and b is non-zero.
The example below shows √3 ÷ √2.
In the example below shows √a + √a.
The example below shows √5 + √5.
The question below shows √5 + 2√5 + 3√5.
The question below shows √40 when simplified as a surd.
The question below expands the brackets when (√3 + 4)(√3 - 4). This technique is common when rationalising the denominator.
The graphic below shows the real number system. The inner numbers include natural numbers including zero, integers which include negative numbers, rational numbers which include fractions, real numbers including surds and complex numbers.