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# Simpler way to find squares by hand?

### #1

Posted 31 March 2013 - 08:41 PM

You could take any number and square it on a calculator and find its value. If you do not have means to find the square with technology it is still generally simple to manually compute such a square. However, there are some instances when such a square may be challenging. When this situation arises, there is a simple and straightforward approach:

let x be the number you wish to square then

x - 25 = the hundreds value

(50 - x)^2 = the ones value

add them together and you have your square. It is that simple.

Examples:

46^2 =

46-25 = 21 [hundreds] AND (50-46)^2= 4^2=16, so 46^2 = 2116

43^2=

43-25 = 18 AND (50-43)^2 = 7^2=49, so 43^2 = 1849

and just to show you a silly example as further evidence that it works...

4^2 =

4-25= -21 AND (50-4)^2= 46^2 = 2116 and -2100 + 2116 = 16 !! so 4^2=16

Now your task is to either prove this true for all real numbers or find 1 counter example. If a counter example is found, then for what numbers is this true?

### #2

Posted 31 March 2013 - 09:39 PM Best Answer

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