Mathematics Problem Solving
Volume 3, Number 34, June 8, 1998
Really Square Riddles
You say a number is squared when it’s multiplied times itself. The above equation is 4 squared = 16 (Four squared equals sixteen). Remember, the small 2 does not mean times two. The small 2 means times itself.
The square root of a number is the number that was squared to get that number. The square root of 16 is 4. The square root of 25 is 5.
1. I am a number. If you square the product of 3 and 4 you will know what I am. I am __________.
2. I am a number. I am half of the square root of 100. I am __________.
3. I am a number. If you know the sum of 14 and 6 that will help you. I am that sum squared. I am __________.
4. I am a number. I am the square root of the number you get when you divide 245 by 5. I am __________.
5. I’m also a number. I’m the product of 8 squared and 9 squared. I am __________.
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