### Big Powers

Three people chose this as a favourite problem. It is the sort of problem that needs thinking time - but once the connection is made it gives access to many similar ideas.

### Rooted Via 10

How many of the numbers shown are greater than 10?

### Largest Expression

Which of these five algebraic expressions is largest, given $x$ is between 0 and 1?

# How Many Squares?

##### Age 14 to 16 Short Challenge Level:

The smallest integer with 4 digits is 1000, 1 more than 999 which only has 3 digits.

The largest integer with 4 digits is 9999, 1 less than 10 000 which has 5 digits.

10 000 = 100$^2$, so all integers whose squares have 4 digits must be less than 100.

30$^2$ = 900, 31$^2$ = 961 and 32$^2$ = 1024.

So all integers $n$ with 31$\lt n\le$99 have 4-digit squares.

So there are 99 $-$ 31 = 68 such numbers.

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