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Simplify $\displaystyle{\frac{9}{2}(1 + \sqrt 5)\sqrt{10 - 2\sqrt 5} + 9\sqrt{5 + 2\sqrt 5}}$.

I get this when I was doing another Q, but I don't know how to further simplify it. Can anyone help me, please?

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What was the other Q? –  anon Jul 1 '12 at 7:27
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the square of this is solution of a quadratic equation. –  Raymond Manzoni Jul 1 '12 at 7:30
    
Let $x$ be your number divided by $9$. Brun's method mentioned in math.stackexchange.com/questions/152797/… finds the relation $x^4 - 50 x^2 + 125 = 0$ numerically, which suggests $x = \sqrt{25 + 10 \sqrt{5}}$. To actually prove this, the answer by Raymond Manzoni is more appropriate. –  WimC Jul 1 '12 at 10:02

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Hint: Let's note $o:=\frac {1+\sqrt{5}}2$, $a:=\sqrt{10-2\sqrt{5}}$ and $b:=\sqrt{5+2\sqrt{5}}$

then $ab=\sqrt{30+10\sqrt{5}}=5+\sqrt{5}$

Compute $(o\cdot a+b)^2$ to conclude.

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Get it! Thank you!~ –  ᴊ ᴀ s ᴏ ɴ Jul 1 '12 at 13:40

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