Grade 9 MTAP 2015 Elimination Questions with Solutions – Part 1

This is the first part (questions 1-10) of the solutions of the Grade 9 MTAP 2015 Elimination Questions. Although much care has been given to make the solution as accurate as possible, the solver is also human. Please comment below if you see any errors.

Also available: Questions 11-20

1.) Simplify \sqrt{\frac{3}{2}} - \sqrt{\frac{2}{3}}

Solution

\sqrt {\dfrac{3}{2}} - \sqrt {\dfrac{2}{3}} = \dfrac {\sqrt {3}}{\sqrt {2}} - \dfrac {\sqrt {2}}{\sqrt {3}} = \dfrac {(\sqrt {3})^2-(\sqrt {2})^2}{\sqrt {2}\sqrt {3}} = \dfrac {1}{\sqrt {6}}.

Rationalizing the denominator,

\dfrac {1}{\sqrt {6}} \times \dfrac {\sqrt {6}}{\sqrt {6}} = \dfrac {\sqrt {6}}{6} .

Answer: \sqrt{6}/6

2.) Evaluate \dfrac{2^0 + 2{^-1}}{2^{-2} + 2^{-3}}

Solution

\dfrac {2^0 + 2^{-1}}{2^{-2} + 2^{-3}} = \dfrac {1 + \frac {1}{2}}{\frac {1}{4} + \frac {1}{8}} = \dfrac {\frac {3}{2}}{\frac {3}{8}} = \dfrac {3}{2} \times \dfrac {8}{3} = 4

Answer: 4

3.) Simplify \sqrt{ \dfrac{1}{9} + \dfrac{1}{16}}.

Solution

\sqrt{\dfrac{1}{9} + \dfrac {1}{16}} = \sqrt {\dfrac{16 + 9}{(9)(16)}} = \sqrt{\dfrac{25}{(9)(16)}} =\dfrac{5}{(3)(4)} = \dfrac{5}{12}.

Answer: 5/12  Continue reading “Grade 9 MTAP 2015 Elimination Questions with Solutions – Part 1”