Instructions

Test suite

Solution

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

The square of the sum of the first ten natural numbers is (1 + 2 + ... + 10)² = 55² = 3025.

The sum of the squares of the first ten natural numbers is 1² + 2² + ... + 10² = 385.

Hence the difference between the square of the sum of the first ten natural numbers and the sum of the squares of the first ten natural numbers is 3025 - 385 = 2640.

Problem 6 at Project Euler http://projecteuler.net/problem=6

It's possible to submit an incomplete solution so you can see how others have completed the exercise.

```
;;; difference-of-squares-test.el --- Tests for difference-of-squares (exercism)
;;; Commentary:
;;; Code:
(load-file "difference-of-squares.el")
(ert-deftest square-of-sums-to-5 ()
(should (= 225 (square-of-sums 5))))
(ert-deftest sum-of-squares-to-5 ()
(should (= 55 (sum-of-squares 5))))
(ert-deftest difference-of-sums-to-5 ()
(should (= 170 (difference 5))))
(ert-deftest square-of-sums-to-10 ()
(should (= 3025 (square-of-sums 10))))
(ert-deftest sum-of-squares-to-10 ()
(should (= 385 (sum-of-squares 10))))
(ert-deftest difference-of-sums-to-10 ()
(should (= 2640 (difference 10))))
(ert-deftest square-of-sums-to-100 ()
(should (= 25502500 (square-of-sums 100))))
(ert-deftest sum-of-squares-to-100 ()
(should (= 338350 (sum-of-squares 100))))
(ert-deftest difference-of-sums-to-100 ()
(should (= 25164150 (difference 100))))
(provide 'difference-of-squares-test)
;;; difference-of-squares-test.el ends here
```

```
;;; difference-of-squares.el --- Difference of Squares (exercism)
;;; Commentary:
;;; Code:
(defun difference (n)
(- (square-of-sums n) (sum-of-squares n)))
(defun square-of-sums (n)
(square (apply '+ (number-sequence 1 n))))
(defun sum-of-squares (n)
(apply '+ (mapcar 'square (number-sequence 1 n))))
(defun square (n)
(expt n 2))
(provide 'difference-of-squares)
;;; difference-of-squares.el ends here
```

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- What compromises have been made?
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