# Show that Two Fields are Equal: $\Q(\sqrt{2}, \sqrt{3})= \Q(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3})$

## Problem 215

Show that fields $\Q(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3})$ and $\Q(\sqrt{2}, \sqrt{3})$ are equal.

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## Proof.

It follows from $\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3} \in \Q(\sqrt{2}, \sqrt{3})$ that we have $\Q(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3})\subset \Q(\sqrt{2}, \sqrt{3})$.

To show the reverse inclusion, consider

\[(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3})^2=5+2\sqrt{6}\in \Q(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3}).\]
This yields that we have

\[\sqrt{6}\in \Q(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3}).\]

Now we can express $\sqrt{2}$ in terms of elements of $\Q(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3})$ as follows. We have

\begin{align*}

\sqrt{6}(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3})-2(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3})=\sqrt{2}\in \Q(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3})

\end{align*}

(Note that the numbers on the left hand side are all in the field $\Q(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3})$.)

Hence we also have

\[(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3})-\sqrt{2}=\sqrt{3}\in \Q(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3}).\]
Therefore the elements $\sqrt{2}, \sqrt{3}$ are in the field $\Q(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3})$, hence

\[\Q(\sqrt{2}, \sqrt{3}) \subset \Q(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3}).\]
Since we showed both inclusions, we have

\[\Q(\sqrt{2}, \sqrt{3})= \Q(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3}).\]

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