# Rationalize the Denominator

## Worksheet Description

This worksheet is designed to provide students with practice in rationalizing the denominator of fractions. It consists of problems where the denominator includes a radical expression, specifically square roots, which students must manipulate to convert into an equivalent fraction with a rational denominator. The tasks involve applying mathematical operations that will eliminate the square root from the denominator, a common requirement in algebra. Each problem is set up to guide students through the process of rationalization, a key algebraic skill.

The worksheet’s instructional goal is to teach students the concept of rationalizing denominators, which is the process of converting an irrational denominator into a rational one without changing the value of the expression. By working through these problems, students learn the importance of creating a rational denominator for ease of further mathematical operations and for finding equivalent expressions. This practice will help students solidify their understanding of radicals and the properties of rational and irrational numbers. Additionally, it serves to enhance their algebraic manipulation skills and prepare them for more complex algebraic procedures involving irrational numbers.