Hi;

The method depends on inspection and some knowledge of common squares. I am only offering it as a sometime faster alternative. In most cases you should use and learn the method used in post #2.

Let b be what you have to add.

You are looking for a b in

that makes a square. So start with

You have 2 equations which say what b must be added to b + 56 and b + 200 that give you two squares. Well the next square after 56 is 64 so b = 8 is a possibility but 200 + 8 is not a square.

Then next square is 81 which means in b + 56 = 81 b would be 25. Plugging in b into the second equation 25 + 200 = 225 which is a square too. You are done, b = 25.