Natural numbers that are squares of other natural numbers are called perfect square or square number.

**For example; **

*We know that;* 1 = 1²; 4 = 2²; 9 = 3²; 16 = 4²; 25 = 5² *and so on*.

Thus 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, etc., are perfect squares.

**To find out if the given number is a perfect square:**

If the prime factors of a number are grouped in pairs of equal factors, then that number is called a perfect square. Or, in other words if a perfect square number is always expressible as the product of pairs of equal factors.

*1. Find out if the following numbers are perfect squares: *

(i) 144 (ii) 90 (iii) 180

** (i) 144**

Resolving 144 into prime factors, we get

144 = __2 × 2__ × __2 × 2__ × __3 × 3__

(grouping the factors into the pairs of equal factors)

** Therefore, 144 is a perfect square. **

**(ii) 90**

Resolving 90 into prime factors, we get

90 = 2 × __3 × 3__ × 5

(Here 3 is grouped in pairs of equal factors and 2 and 5 are not grouped in pairs of equal factors)

** Therefore, 90 is not a perfect square. **

**(iii) 180**

Resolving 180 into prime factors, we get

180 = __2 × 2__ × __3 × 3__ × 5

(Here 2 and 3 are grouped in pairs of equal factors and 5 is not grouped in pairs of equal factors)

** Therefore, 180 is not a perfect square. **

*2. Is 36 a perfect square? If so, find the number whose square is 36.*

Solution:

Resolving 36 into prime factors, we get

36 = __2 × 2__ × __3 × 3__.

Thus, 36 can be expressed as a product of pairs of equal factors.

**Therefore, 36 is a perfect square. **

Also, 36 = (2 × 3) × (2 × 3) = (6 × 6) = 6²

**Hence, 6 is the number whose square is 36. **

*3. Is 196 a perfect square? If so, find the number whose square is 196.*

Solution:

Resolving 196 into prime factors, we get

196 = __2 x 2__ x __7 x 7__.

Thus, 196 can be expressed as a product of pairs of equal factors.

**Therefore, 196 is a perfect square.**

Also, 196 = (2 x 7) x (2 x 7) = (14 x 14) = (14)².

**Hence, 14 is the number whose square is 196.**

*4. Show that 200 is not a perfect square.*

Solution:

Resolving 200 into prime factors, we get

200 =__2 x 2__ x 2 x __5 x 5__.

Making pairs of equal factors, we find that 2 is left.

**Hence, 200 is not a perfect square. **

*5. Find the smallest number by which 252 must be multiplied to make it a perfect square.*

Solution:

252 = __2 × 2__ × __3 × 3__ × 7

We observe that 2 and 3 are grouped in pairs and 7 is left unpaired.

If we multiply 252 by the factor 7 then,

252 × 7 = 2 × 2 × 3 × 3 × 7 × 7

1764 = __2 × 2__ × __3 × 3__ × __7 × 7__, which is a perfect square.

**Therefore, the required smallest number is 7. **

*6. Find the smallest number by which 396 must be divided so as to get a perfect square.*

Solution:

396 = __2 × 2__ × __3 × 3__ × 11

We observe that 2 and 3 are grouped in pairs and 11 is left unpaired.

If we divide 396 by the factor 11 then,

396 ÷ 11 = (2 × 2 × 3 × 3 × 1̶1̶)/1̶1̶

= 2 × 2 × 3 × 3 = 36, which is a perfect square.

**Therefore, the required smallest number is 11.**

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