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 Question 184232: Suppose that you square two consecutive whole numbers and subtract the smaller square from the larger. Is it possible that the difference is an even number? Explain your answer with appropriate examples. Answer by jim_thompson5910(29613)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!Let k=first whole number, (ie k is NOT a fraction or decimal number) So k+1 would be the next consecutive whole number Now square to get Now subtract (the square of the first number) from (the square of the second) to get Now remember, we said at the top that "k" is a whole number. So this means that is guaranteed to be an odd number (since is an even integer) So it is NOT possible to get an even difference between the squares of two consecutive whole numbers. Examples (these don't prove the statement above, but help show it) ex 1: Pick a number 6 and the next number 7. Square 6 to get 36. Square 7 to get 49 Subtract: 49-36=13 The difference is odd ex 1: Select the number 12 and the next number 13. Square 12 to get 144. Square 13 to get 169 Subtract: 169-144=25 The difference is odd You can try any two values and you'll find that the difference is odd.