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Simpler way to find squares by hand?

Best Answer witzar, 31 March 2013 - 09:39 PM

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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.



46^2 = 


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




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?






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Posted 31 March 2013 - 09:39 PM   Best Answer

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