Square Number Basic

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Lecture Notes

Properties of square numbers:

  • The ending digit of a square number can only be $0$, $1$, $4$, $5$, $6$, and $9$.
  • If $n$ is even, then $n^2$ must be multiple of $4$.
  • If $n$ is odd, then the remainder when $n^2$ is divided by $4$ or $8$ must be one.
  • The sum of two squares cannot be in the form of $4K+3$. In another word, the remainder when the sum is divided by $4$ cannot be $3$.
  • A square number will have an odd number of divisors. On the other hand, if an integer has an odd number of divisors, then it must be a square number.

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