mathschallenge.net logo

Square Sum Is Square

Problem

It is well known that there exist pairs of distinct squares that add to make another square.
For example, $5^2 + 12^2 = 25 + 144 = 169 = 13^2$.

But this can be extended to any number of squares. For example, $2^2 + 5^2 + 14^2 = 15^2$.

Prove that there exists a sum of $n$ distinct squares that is also square.

Problem ID: 336 (27 Mar 2008)     Difficulty: 4 Star

Show Problem & Solution