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*Square Number Surprises printable worksheet*

You're probably very familiar with the sequence of Square Numbers: $$1, 4, 9, 16, 25...$$

Below are some ideas to explore with square numbers.

For each one, try a few examples and see what you notice.

- Add two consecutive square numbers and then subtract 1
- Square any odd number, then subtract 1
- Multiply two consecutive odd numbers and then add 1
- Multiply two consecutive even numbers and then add 1

**Can you explain what you've noticed?
Can you prove that it will always happen?**

Can you come up with any Square Number Surprises of your own?