Trigonometry Workbook For Dummies
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You get a square number by multiplying a number by itself, so knowing the square numbers is a handy way to remember part of the multiplication table. Although you probably remember without help that 2 2 = 4, you may be sketchy on some of the higher numbers, such as 7 7 = 49. Knowing the square numbers gives you another way to etch that multiplication table forever into your brain.

The following figure shows the first few square numbers: 1, 4, 9, 16, and 25.

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From here, you can determine more square numbers:

36 49 64 . . . .

Visual aids can help you find square numbers. The tastiest visual aids you’ll ever find are those little square cheese-flavored crackers. (You probably have a box sitting somewhere in the pantry. If not, saltine crackers or any other square food works just as well.) Shake a bunch out of a box and place the little squares together to make bigger squares, as shown in the above figure.

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Mary Jane Sterling taught algebra, business calculus, geometry, and finite mathematics at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, for more than 30 years. She is the author of several For Dummies books, including Algebra Workbook For Dummies, Algebra II For Dummies, and Algebra II Workbook For Dummies.

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