Anyone know how to determine a number is quadratic (perfect square :confused: i don't know what it's called ) or note?

for example:

for

proof that

isn't quadratic number

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- April 13th 2007, 06:22 PMSingularQuadratic
Anyone know how to determine a number is quadratic (perfect square :confused: i don't know what it's called ) or note?

for example:

for

proof that

isn't quadratic number - April 13th 2007, 08:15 PMSoroban
Hello, Singular!

There is a test for showing that an integer is__not__a square.

Theorem: The square of an integer must be either a multiple of 4

. . . . . . . .or one more than a multiple of 4.

Proof: an integer must be even (2n) or odd (2n + 1).

If it is even, its square is: .(2n)² .= .4n²,

. . which is a multiple of 4.

If it is odd, its square is: .(2n + 1)² .= .4n² + 4n + 1 .= .4(n² + n) + 1

. . which is one more than a multiple of 4.

In other words, a square must end in 0, 1, 4, 5, 6, or 9.