Square number
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In mathematics, a square number or perfect square is an integer that is the square of an integer;^{[1]} in other words, it is the product of some integer with itself. For example, 9 is a square number, since it can be written as 3 × 3.
The usual notation for the formula for the square of a number n is not the product n × n, but the equivalent exponentiation n^{2}, usually pronounced as "n squared". The name square number comes from the name of the shape; see below.
Square numbers are nonnegative. Another way of saying that a (nonnegative) number is a square number, is that its square roots are again integers. For example, √9 = ±3, so 9 is a square number.
A positive integer that has no perfect square divisors except 1 is called squarefree.
For a nonnegative integer n, the nth square number is n^{2}, with 0^{2} = 0 being the zeroth one. The concept of square can be extended to some other number systems. If rational numbers are included, then a square is the ratio of two square integers, and, conversely, the ratio of two square integers is a square (e.g., 4/9 = (2/3)^{2}).
Starting with 1, there are square numbers up to and including m, where the expression represents the floor of the number x.
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Examples
The squares (sequence A000290 in OEIS) smaller than 60^{2} = 3600 are:
 0^{2} = 0
 1^{2} = 1
 2^{2} = 4
 3^{2} = 9
 4^{2} = 16
 5^{2} = 25
 6^{2} = 36
 7^{2} = 49
 8^{2} = 64
 9^{2} = 81
 10^{2} = 100
 11^{2} = 121
 12^{2} = 144
 13^{2} = 169
 14^{2} = 196
 15^{2} = 225
 16^{2} = 256
 17^{2} = 289
 18^{2} = 324
 19^{2} = 361
 20^{2} = 400
 21^{2} = 441
 22^{2} = 484
 23^{2} = 529
 24^{2} = 576
 25^{2} = 625
 26^{2} = 676
 27^{2} = 729
 28^{2} = 784
 29^{2} = 841
 30^{2} = 900
 31^{2} = 961
 32^{2} = 1024
 33^{2} = 1089
 34^{2} = 1156
 35^{2} = 1225
 36^{2} = 1296
 37^{2} = 1369
 38^{2} = 1444
 39^{2} = 1521
 40^{2} = 1600
 41^{2} = 1681
 42^{2} = 1764
 43^{2} = 1849
 44^{2} = 1936
 45^{2} = 2025
 46^{2} = 2116
 47^{2} = 2209
 48^{2} = 2304
 49^{2} = 2401
 50^{2} = 2500
 51^{2} = 2601
 52^{2} = 2704
 53^{2} = 2809
 54^{2} = 2916
 55^{2} = 3025
 56^{2} = 3136
 57^{2} = 3249
 58^{2} = 3364
 59^{2} = 3481
The difference between any perfect square and its predecessor is given by the identity . Equivalently, it is possible to count up square numbers by adding together the last square, the last square's root, and the current root, that is, .
Properties
The number m is a square number if and only if one can compose a square of m equal (lesser) squares:
m = 1^{2} = 1  
m = 2^{2} = 4  File:Square number 4.png 
m = 3^{2} = 9  File:Square number 9.png 
m = 4^{2} = 16  File:Square number 16.png 
m = 5^{2} = 25  File:Square number 25.png 
Note: White gaps between squares serve only to improve visual perception. There must be no gaps between actual squares. 
The unit of area is defined as the area of unit square (1 × 1). Hence, a square with side length n has area n^{2}.
The expression for the nth square number is n^{2}. This is also equal to the sum of the first n odd numbers as can be seen in the above pictures, where a square results from the previous one by adding an odd number of points (shown in magenta). The formula follows:
So for example, 5^{2} = 25 = 1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + 9.
There are several recursive methods for computing square numbers. For example, the nth square number can be computed from the previous square by . Alternatively, the nth square number can be calculated from the previous two by doubling the (n − 1)th square, subtracting the (n − 2)th square number, and adding 2, because n^{2} = 2(n − 1)^{2} − (n − 2)^{2} + 2. For example,
 2 × 5^{2} − 4^{2} + 2 = 2 × 25 − 16 + 2 = 50 − 16 + 2 = 36 = 6^{2}.
A square number is also the sum of two consecutive triangular numbers. The sum of two consecutive square numbers is a centered square number. Every odd square is also a centered octagonal number.
Another property of a square number is that (except 0) it has an odd number of positive divisors, while other natural numbers have an even number of positive divisors. An integer root is the only divisor that pairs up with itself to yield the square number, while other divisors come in pairs.
Lagrange's foursquare theorem states that any positive integer can be written as the sum of four or fewer perfect squares. Three squares are not sufficient for numbers of the form 4^{k}(8m + 7). A positive integer can be represented as a sum of two squares precisely if its prime factorization contains no odd powers of primes of the form 4k + 3. This is generalized by Waring's problem.
A square number can end only with digits 1, 4, 6, 9, 00, or 25 in base 10, as follows:
 If the last digit of a number is 0, its square ends in an even number of 0s (so at least 00) and the digits preceding the ending 0s must also form a square.
 If the last digit of a number is 1 or 9, its square ends in 1 and the number formed by its preceding digits must be divisible by four.
 If the last digit of a number is 2 or 8, its square ends in 4 and the preceding digit must be even.
 If the last digit of a number is 3 or 7, its square ends in 9 and the number formed by its preceding digits must be divisible by four.
 If the last digit of a number is 4 or 6, its square ends in 6 and the preceding digit must be odd.
 If the last digit of a number is 5, its square ends in 25 and the preceding digits must form a pronic number.
In base 12, a square number can end only with 0, 1, 4, or 9 and
 in case 0, only 0 or 3 can precede it,
 in case 1, only even numbers can precede it,
 in case 4, only 0, 1, 4, 5, 8, 9 can precede it,
 in case 9, only 0 or 6 can precede it.
In base 16, a square number can end only with 0, 1, 4, or 9 and
 in case 0, only 0, 1, 4, 9 can precede it,
 in case 4, only even numbers can precede it.
In general, if a prime p divides a square number m then the square of p must also divide m; if p fails to divide m∕p, then m is definitely not square. Repeating the divisions of the previous sentence, one concludes that every prime must divide a given perfect square an even number of times (including possibly 0 times). Thus, the number m is a square number if and only if, in its canonical representation, all exponents are even.
Squarity testing can be used as alternative way in factorization of large numbers. Instead of testing for divisibility, test for squarity: for given m and some number k, if k^{2} − m is the square of an integer n then k − n divides m. (This is an application of the factorization of a difference of two squares.) For example, 100^{2} − 9991 is the square of 3, so consequently 100 − 3 divides 9991. This test is deterministic for odd divisors in the range from k − n to k + n where k covers some range of natural numbers k ≥ √m.
A square number cannot be a perfect number.
The sum of the series of power numbers
can also be represented by the formula
The first terms of this series (the square pyramidal numbers) are:
0, 1, 5, 14, 30, 55, 91, 140, 204, 285, 385, 506, 650, 819, 1015, 1240, 1496, 1785, 2109, 2470, 2870, 3311, 3795, 4324, 4900, 5525, 6201... (sequence A000330 in OEIS).
The sum of odd integers starting with one are perfect squares. 1, 1 + 3, 1 + 3 + 5, 1 + 3 + 5 +7,etc.
All fourth powers, sixth powers, eighth powers and so on are perfect squares.
Special cases
 If the number is of the form m5 where m represents the preceding digits, its square is n25 where n = m × (m + 1) and represents digits before 25. For example, the square of 65 can be calculated by n = 6 × (6 + 1) = 42 which makes the square equal to 4225.
 If the number is of the form m0 where m represents the preceding digits, its square is n00 where n = m^{2}. For example, the square of 70 is 4900.
 If the number has two digits and is of the form 5m where m represents the units digit, its square is AABB where AA = 25 + m and BB = m^{2}. Example: To calculate the square of 57, 25 + 7 = 32 and 7^{2} = 49, which means 57^{2} = 3249.
 If the number ends in 5, its square will end in 5; similarly for ending in 25, 625, 0625, 90625, ... 8212890625, etc. If the number ends in 6, its square will end in 6, similarly for ending in 76, 376, 9376, 09376, ... 1787109376. For example, the square of 55376 is 3066501376, both ending in 376. (The numbers 5, 6, 25, 76, etc. are called automorphic numbers. They are sequence A003226 in the OEIS.)
Odd and even square numbers
Squares of even numbers are even (and in fact divisible by 4), since (2n)^{2} = 4n^{2}.
Squares of odd numbers are odd, since (2n + 1)^{2} = 4(n^{2} + n) + 1.
It follows that square roots of even square numbers are even, and square roots of odd square numbers are odd.
As all even square numbers are divisible by 4, the even numbers of the form 4n + 2 are not square numbers.
As all odd square numbers are of the form 4n + 1, the odd numbers of the form 4n + 3 are not square numbers.
Squares of odd numbers are of the form 8n + 1, since (2n + 1)^{2} = 4n(n + 1) + 1 and n(n + 1) is an even number.
Every odd perfect square is a centered octagonal number. The difference between any two odd perfect squares is a multiple of 8. The difference between 1 and any higher odd perfect square always is eight times a triangular number, while the difference between 9 and any higher odd perfect square is eight times a triangular number minus eight. Since all triangular numbers have an odd factor, but no two values of 2^{n} differ by an amount containing an odd factor, the only perfect square of the form 2^{n}  1 is 1, and the only perfect square of the form 2^{n} + 1 is 9.
See also
 Automorphic number
 Brahmagupta–Fibonacci identity
 Cubic number
 Euler's foursquare identity
 Fermat's theorem on sums of two squares
 Integer square root
 Methods of computing square roots
 Polygonal number
 Power of two
 Pythagorean triple
 Quadratic residue
 Square (algebra)#Related identities
 Square triangular number
 The Book of Squares
Notes
 ↑ Some authors also call squares of rational numbers perfect squares.
References
Further reading
 Conway, J. H. and Guy, R. K. The Book of Numbers. New York: SpringerVerlag, pp. 30–32, 1996. ISBN 038797993X
 Kiran Parulekar. Amazing Properties of Squares and Their Calculations. Kiran Anil Parulekar, 2012 http://books.google.com/books?id=njEtt7rfexEC&source=gbs_navlinks_s
External links
 Learn Square Numbers. Practice square numbers up to 144 with this children's multiplication game
 Dario Alpern, Sum of squares. A Java applet to decompose a natural number into a sum of up to four squares.
 Fibonacci and Square Numbers at Convergence
 The first 1,000,000 perfect squares Includes a program for generating perfect squares up to 10^{15}.