Drag the happy numbers from the blackboard into the smiley bin. Drag the other numbers into the unhappy bin. Click the apple for information on how to identify happy numbers.
Some numbers are happy and others are not!
To find out whether a number is happy square each of its digits, add the answers and repeat. If you end up with 1 the number is happy!
E.g. Consider 19
12 + 92 = 82
82 + 22 = 68
62 + 82 = 100
12 + 02 + 02 = 1 which means that 19 is a happy number.
Your mission is to sort the happy numbers from the others!
Drag the happy numbers from the blackboard into the smiley bin. Drag the other numbers into the unhappy bin.
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