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Identify Square Numbers

In this worksheet, students find square numbers and apply knowledge of square numbers to solve problems.

'Identify Square Numbers' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   Maths

GCSE Boards:   Pearson Edexcel, OCR, Eduqas, AQA,

Curriculum topic:   Number, Indices and Surds

Curriculum subtopic:   Structure and Calculation Powers and Roots

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Worksheet Overview

A common misconception about square numbers is that they are a number multiplied by itself.

This is not correct!

 

A square number is the answer to a number multiplied by itself.

 

For example, 122 = 12 x 12 = 144  

12 isn't the square number, 144 is.


 

The easiest way to solve problems that involve square numbers is just to know them off by heart, at least the first 15 anyway.

 

The first 15 square numbers are:

 

12 1 x 1 1
22 2 x 2 4
32 3 x 3 9
42 4 x 4 16
52 5 x 5 25
62 6 x 6 36
72 7 x 7 49
82 8 x 8 64
92 9 x 9 81
102 10 x 10 100
112 11 x 11 121
122 12 x 12 144
132 13 x 13 169
142 14 x 14 196
152 15 x 15 225

 

 

 

Let's practise using these numbers in calculations now.

 

Squaring an integer:

e.g. Find the value of 62

6 x 6 = 36

 

Squaring a decimal:

One thing examiners like to do is to tie in one topic with another.

If you ever see a question involving squaring a decimal without a calculator, it will be based around the square numbers which you would already have knowledge of.

 

e.g. Find the value of 1.22

This just means we need to find the value of: 1.2 x 1.2

If we look at our table, we can see that:

12 x 12 = 144

So 1.2 x 1.2 = 1.44 when we put out decimal point back in

 

 

 

Great focus!

In this activity, you will find square numbers and apply your knowledge of square numbers to solve problems. 

Now let's attack some questions and really consolidate our knowledge.

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