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 the radical is just the symbol √ and the surd is the actual expression for the number, which often uses radicals. 

For instance, √7 would be a surd, since it is a well-formed expression referencing the positive root of x^2 - 7; meanwhile, √ is not an expression, so it isn't a surd.
Surds are unresolved radicals, such as 

square root of 2 

cube root of 5 

These are examples of surds that are irrational numbers, since they cannot be expressed as ratios of integers.

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