2001 AMC 10 Problems/Problem 22
Problem
In the magic square shown, the sums of the numbers in each row, column, and diagonal are the same. Five of these numbers are represented by , , , , and . Find .
Solutions
Solution 1
We know that , so we could find one variable rather than two.
The sum per row is .
Thus .
Since we needed and we know , .
Solution 2
The magic sum is determined by the bottom row. .
Solving for :
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To find our answer, we need to find . .
Really Easy Solution
A nice thing to know is that any numbers that goes through the middle forms an arithmetic sequence.
Using this, we know that , or because would be the average.
We also know that because is the average the magic sum would be , so we can also write the equation using the bottom row.
Solving for x in this system we get , so now using the arithmetic sequence knowledge we find that and .
Adding these we get .
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See Also
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