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Various Venns

Age 7 to 11 Challenge Level:

Cong from St Peter's Roman Catholic Primary School sent in solutions to both parts of this problem. Cong sent us pictures of his completed Venn diagrams. Here is the first:

first solution

And here is the second:

second solution

I am interested in where you have placed zero in both Venn diagrams, Cong. It is difficult to say whether 0 is odd or even - I can see why you have placed it as an even number, though, as it seems to extend the pattern $8, 6, 4, 2, ... 0$. It's easy to forget that $0$ is a square number - but certainly $0 \times 0=0$.

Michael from Kings Elementary School explained a bit how he went about filling in the first Venn diagram. Michael assumes that 0 is not a square number:

In order to find the solution to this problem you first need to list the squares which are $49, 36, 25, 16, 9, 4$ and $1$. There are $4$ odd square numbers which are $49, 25, 9$, and $1$. So you put the rest of the squares in the square numbers and odd numbers in the odd section and anything else you don't do anything with it.

Well done! Eliza, from Danebank School, also left $0$ out of the Venn diagram. What do you think? Is $0$ square and even?