Find Perfect Squares Mentally with this Trick

Brett Berry

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My favorite trick (or property) of squares is that the number between the the squares of two consecutive numbers is those two numbers added together.

Example: 6² is 36, 6+7=13, 7² is 49, or 36+13!

One note is to remember to “double-count” if you are going up more than one number.

Example 6² is 36, 9² is 81, 36 + (6+7) +(7+8) +(8+9)=81

Its great if you use multiples of 10

To get 83² take 80²=6,400 Add 80+81+81+82+82+83 which gets you 6,889.

This may be easier to calculate in your head depending on how you mentally “see” things.