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Algebra Rule 20

The root of a multiplication equals the product of the roots of its factors

$$\sqrt[n]{ab} = \sqrt[n]{a}\sqrt[n]{b}$$
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If $x = \sqrt{a}$ and $y = \sqrt{b}$ then $\sqrt{ab} = \sqrt{x^2*y^2}$ If we write out the multiplication, this turns into $\sqrt{x*x*y*y}$. Thanks to the commutative property of multiplication, we can rearrange the Xs and Ys and get $\sqrt{x*y*x*y} = \sqrt{(x*y)(x*y)} = \sqrt{(x*y)^2} = x*y = \sqrt{a}*\sqrt{b}$

$$\sqrt{4*9} = \sqrt{36} = 6 = 2*3 = \sqrt{4}*\sqrt{9}$$
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