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to Difference Of Squares in the Go Track

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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.

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Coding the solution

Look for a stub file having the name difference_of_squares.go and place your solution code in that file.

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Source

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

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difference_of_squares_test.go

package diffsquares

import "testing"

var tests = []struct{ n, sqOfSum, sumOfSq int }{
	{5, 225, 55},
	{10, 3025, 385},
	{100, 25502500, 338350},
}

func TestSquareOfSum(t *testing.T) {
	for _, test := range tests {
		if s := SquareOfSum(test.n); s != test.sqOfSum {
			t.Fatalf("SquareOfSum(%d) = %d, want %d", test.n, s, test.sqOfSum)
		}
	}
}

func TestSumOfSquares(t *testing.T) {
	for _, test := range tests {
		if s := SumOfSquares(test.n); s != test.sumOfSq {
			t.Fatalf("SumOfSquares(%d) = %d, want %d", test.n, s, test.sumOfSq)
		}
	}
}

func TestDifference(t *testing.T) {
	for _, test := range tests {
		want := test.sqOfSum - test.sumOfSq
		if s := Difference(test.n); s != want {
			t.Fatalf("Difference(%d) = %d, want %d", test.n, s, want)
		}
	}
}

// Benchmark functions on just a single number (100, from the original PE problem)
// to avoid overhead of iterating over tests.
func BenchmarkSquareOfSum(b *testing.B) {
	for i := 0; i < b.N; i++ {
		SquareOfSum(100)
	}
}

func BenchmarkSumOfSquares(b *testing.B) {
	for i := 0; i < b.N; i++ {
		SumOfSquares(100)
	}
}

func BenchmarkDifference(b *testing.B) {
	for i := 0; i < b.N; i++ {
		Difference(100)
	}
}
package diffsquares

// SquareOfSum returns (1 + 2 + ... + n) ^ 2
func SquareOfSum(n int) int {
	sum := 0
	for i := 0; i <= n; i++ {
		sum += i
	}
	return sum * sum
}

// SumOfSquares returns 1^2 + 2^2 + ... + n^2
func SumOfSquares(n int) int {
	sum := 0
	for i := 0; i <= n; i++ {
		sum += i * i
	}
	return sum
}

// Difference returns the difference between the SquareOfSum(n) and SumOfSquares(n)
func Difference(n int) int {
	return SquareOfSum(n) - SumOfSquares(n)
}

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