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 From B. Lee Clay

Squaring Numbers

1. beginning with 1
2. beginning with 5
3. beginning with 9
4. ending in 1
5. ending in 2
6. ending in 3
7. ending in 4
8. ending in 5
9. ending in 6
10. ending in 7
11. ending in 8
12. ending in 9
17. in the 20's
18. in the 30's
19. in the 40's
20. in the 50's
21. in the 60's
22. in the 70's
23. in the 80's
24. in the 100's
25. in the 200's
26. in the 300's
27. in the 400's
28. in the 500's
29. in the 600's
30. in the 700's
31. between 800-810
32. in the 900's
33. between 1000-1100
34. between 2000-2099
35. between 3000-3099
36. between 4000-4099
37. between 5000-5099
38. between 6000-6099
39. between 7000-7099
40. 3's and final 1
41. 3's and final 2
42. 3's and final 4
43. 3's and final 5
44. 3's and final 6
45. 3's and final 7
46. 3's and final 8
47. 3's and final 9
48. 6's and final 1
49. 6's and final 2
50. 6's and final 3
51. 6's and final 4
52. 6's and final 5
53. 6's and final 7
54. 6's and final 8
55. 6's and final 9
56. 9's and final 1
57. 9's and final 2
58. 9's and final 3
59. 9's and final 4
60. 9's and final 5
61. 9's and final 6
62. 9's and final 7
63. 9's and final 8
64. 1 and repeating 3's
65. 1 and repeating 6's
66. 1 and repeating 9's
67. 2 and repeating 3's
68. 2 and repeating 6's
69. 2 and repeating 9's
70. 3 and repeating 6's
71. 3 and repeating 9's
72. 4 and repeating 3's
73. 4 and repeating 6's
74. 4 and repeating 9's
75. 5 and repeating 3's
76. 5 and repeating 6's
77. 5 and repeating 9's
78. 6 and repeating 3's
79. 6 and repeating 9's
80. 7 and repeating 3's
81. 7 and repeating 6's
82. 7 and repeating 9's
83. 8 and repeating 3's
84. 8 and repeating 9's
85. 9 and repeating 3's
86. 9 and repeating 6's
87. 6-digits repeating
88. 2 rep./sq. of 1 digit

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### Squaring numbersin the 900s

1. Choose a number in the 900s - start out easy with numbers near 1000; then go lower when expert.
2. Subtract the number from 1000 to get the difference.
3. The first three places will be the number minus the difference: X X X _ _ _.
4. The last three places will be the square of the difference: _ _ _ X X X
(if 4 digits, add the first digit as carry).

#### Example:

1. If the number to be squared is 985:
2. Subtract 1000 - 985 = 15 (difference)
3. Number - difference: 985 - 15 = 970: 9 7 0 _ _ _
4. Square the difference: 15 × 15 = 225: _ _ _ 2 2 5
5. So 985 × 985 = 970225.

See the pattern?

1. If the number to be squared is 920:
2. Subtract 1000 - 920 = 80 (difference)
3. Number - difference: 920 - 80 = 840: 8 4 0 _ _ _
4. Square the difference: 80 × 80 = 6400: _ _ _ 4 0 0
5. Carry first digit when four digits: 8 4 6 _ _ _
6. So 920 × 920 = 846400.