# Simplify expression with root

The result of some integral, computed using integrate(), is:

2*(2378*sqrt(2) - 3363)/(408*sqrt(2) - 577)


However, when I do the integral "by hand" I get

2*(3-2*sqrt(2))


Numerically both results are the same, but the first result is a lot more complicated.

Multiplying separately the numerator and denominator of the first expression by (408*sqrt(2) + 577) brings the correct result.

What can I do to simplify the first expression and get something really simple, as the second one?

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One way to simplify this expression is in two steps:

• turn it into an algebraic number
• then transform that algebraic number back into a symbolic expression

Here is how to do that.

Name the expression:

sage: a = 2*(2378*sqrt(2) - 3363)/(408*sqrt(2) - 577)


Turn it into an algebraic number:

sage: b = AA(a)
sage: b
0.343145750507?


Turn that algebraic number into a symbolic expression:

sage: c = b.radical_expression()
sage: c
-4*sqrt(2) + 6


Or all in one go:

sage: AA(a).radical_expression()
-4*sqrt(2) + 6

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The answer of slelievre is already the best one can do in such situations, without taking a piece of paper and writing down the explicit amplification with the conjugate of the denominator $$\frac{2(2378\sqrt 2-3363)}{408\sqrt 2-557}= \frac{2(2378\sqrt 2-3363)(-408\sqrt 2-557)}{(408\sqrt 2-557)(-408\sqrt 2-557)}$$ and computing the numerator and the denominator explicitly (by hand or using sage).

Alternatively:

• Ask for the minimal polynomial of the given expression.
• Use the conversion to the number field $\Bbb Q(\sqrt 2)$. (With care for other number fields, i.e. in this example check that $\sqrt 2>0$ is correctly taken as the "value" of the generator...)

In code:

sage: u = 2*(2378*sqrt(2) - 3363)/(408*sqrt(2) - 577)
sage: var('x');

sage: solve(u.minpoly()(x) == 0, x)
[x == -4*sqrt(2) + 6, x == 4*sqrt(2) + 6]
sage: u.n()
0.343145749747913

sage: K
Number Field in a with defining polynomial x^2 - 2 with a = 1.414213562373095?
sage: K(u)
-4*a + 6


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