PPRuNe Forums > Ground & Other Ops Forums > Questions > Squares PDA View Full Version : Squares myrddin24th Jan 2002, 00:30Long night, woke up feeling washed out. Down the pub for a couple and then Nbr 1 son asks me to help him with his home work!. .Q. How many squares on a chess board?. .Whats the answer? (it's not 64 apparently) Tinstaafl24th Jan 2002, 00:53A lot more than 64! Think of the the huge combinations of little squares that form larger squares. Plus the board itself. SuperTed24th Jan 2002, 01:43There are 204 squares on the chess board I think. You need to use a concept called mathematical induction to prove this works. Its a bit lengthy to show on here! ST Flash200124th Jan 2002, 02:59I think 204 1s correct not counting decorative borders and the outside of the board itself which might not be square. It is the sum of the squares of the positive integers fromm 1 to 8. Remamber that horrible squiggely sigma thing your math professor showed you just before you ran away from school to be a pilot? It's that with n=1 to 8 underneath it and n squared after it. Tinstaafl24th Jan 2002, 07:05Couldn't sleep so started thinking about solving it. Think of each square as a 'cell'. This is just to prevent confusing 'squares' on the board with 'squares form by squares'. The rows are labelled 1 to 8 with A being the closest row to you. The columns are labelled A to H with A being the closes row to you. In an 8x8 arrangement of cells there are 8x8 squares consisting of a single cell ie 64 There are also a number of squares formed by groups of 2x2 cells. Starting at the bottom left (Cell A1) of the board imagine a 2x2 square. Move to the next cell to the right (B2). Use this cell as the 'bottom left' corner of another 2x2 square. Repeat until you run out of additional cells to the right to complete the 2x2 square. There will have been 7 squares formed, each 2x2. The same logic applies to moving up the board ie 7 squares along each row until running out of additional cells after Row 7. This means the total number of 2x2 squares must be equal to 7x7 = 49. Using the same logic you will find that for each step UP in the number of cells forming a square ie 2x2, 3x3, 4x4 etc there is a corresponding reduction in the number of squares that can be formed. 3x3 cells on an 8x8 board will only allow 6x6 squares to be formed, 4x4 cells gives 5x5 squares etc etc So, the total answer is 8x8 + 7x7 + 6x6 + 5x5 + 4x4 + 3x3 + 2x2 + 1x1 = 64 + 49 + 36 + 25 + 16 + 9 + 4 + 1 = 204! . .Christ, the things one thinks about with insomnia! 411A24th Jan 2002, 11:01Good grief...sounds like a co-pilot question...junior copilot. . .Senior guys are above all this...the squares belong to....drum roll please...the Commander !!. .Now that is settled...off to the pub.