Problem 6 is by far one of the easiest problems yet.

The sum of the squares of the first ten natural numbers is,

1^{2}+ 2^{2}+ … + 10^{2}= 385The square of the sum of the first ten natural numbers is,

(1 + 2 + … + 10)^{2}= 55^{2}= 3025Hence the difference between the sum of the squares of the first ten natural numbers and the square of the sum is 3025 385 = 2640.

Find the difference between the sum of the squares of the first one hundred natural numbers and the square of the sum.

Again, there are* at – least* two possible methods. One is our dear friend, **Mr. Brute Force 🙂 **The other is more mathematical.

## Brute force description

There’s not much to be said about this one. Create loops to add the sum of numbers from 1 to 100, and another loop to add the squares of numbers from 1 to 100. Square the sum you get in the first loop, and then find it’s difference. It’s simple.

## Mathematical Approach

To understand the mathematical approach, you must have knowledge of the two formulas given below:

It’s all high school maths. They are easy to prove as well, especially the first one.

Writing out functions for the above should not be a difficult task, whatever language you choose.

In my version, I’ve written them as Macros (using the # pre processor directive)

## Comparison

For a single iteration, both methods take less than **0.001 s** or **1 ms **which means they can’t be measured. Over 1,000,000 iterations, the brute force method takes** 0.723 s** while the other approach still clocks in at a nifty** 0.001 s.**