What is best way to teach conceptual understanding of simplifying radicals?
Hey, I feel like the process of simplifying a radical is often “out-of-nowhere” for students. Like all of sudden, we are factoring and circling and pulling out, but its still multiplying…anyway, I feel like the process is extremely abstract, and I have been looking to introduce and develop the concept perhaps in a visual way that helps students avoid rushing to a series of steps. Ultimately, I want them to see the multiplicative relationships within a radical, but I’m just not sure the best ways to tackle that. Any suggestions would be helpful, thanks!