Squaring numbers mentally up to 125

I don`t know if you guys already know about this, but i have a trick for squaring numbers from 0-125 but i have 2 different strategies,some work better than others sometimes.(4 if you didnt memorize squares of #s up to 25).

Note:the trick works for all real numbers but it is easily mentally computed over the range of integers from 0 to 125

Trick #1 -

for numbers more than 25 but less than 75.(this is because if the number is more than 75 you will have to do more calculations);

let the number be n ,the steps are as follows

-calculate n-25

-multiply it by 100

-calculate 50-n

-square it then add it to n-25

ex:392{39}^{2}

1\boxed{1} (39-25)*100=1400

2\boxed{2} 112{11}^{2}=121 so 1400+121=1521

Trick #2-

if the number is more than 75 but less than 125 we have this rule:

-calculate 100-n

-subtract your result from the original number then multiply it by 100

-square (100-n) then add it to the previous result

ex:1092{109}^{2}

100-109=-9

100(109+9)=11800

adding 92{9}^{2} we get 11881

These methods require you to know squares of numbers up to 25,

this is a trick just to help you if you forgot

for 2 digit numbers starting with 1:

-add the ones digit to the number

-multiply it by 10 ,then add the square of the ones digit

for 2 digit #s starting with 2:

-add the ones digit to the number

-multiply it by 20

-add the square of the ones digit

ex:1515+5=202010=20052=25200+25=225ex:2323+3=262260520+32=529ex:15\\ \\ 15+5=20\\ 20*10=200\quad \quad {5}^ {2}=25\quad \quad \quad \quad 200+25=225\\ \\ ex:23\\ 23+3=26\Rightarrow 2*260\Rightarrow 520+{3}^ {2}=529\\ \\ \\ \\ \\

Note by Hamza A
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let me "formalize" the tricks.

1.n2=(50n)2+100(n25)n^2=(50-n)^2+100(n-25)

2.n2=(n(100n))100+(100n)2=100(1002n)+(100n)2n^2=(n-(100-n))100+(100-n)^2=100(100-2n)+(100-n)^2

Both are true.

Aareyan Manzoor - 3 years, 10 months ago

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Oooooh, could you add this to the mental math tricks wiki? We have a wiki collaboration coming up this weekend, and you should come join us!

Calvin Lin Staff - 3 years, 10 months ago

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