1996 AIME Problems/Problem 1

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In a magic square, the sum of the three entries in any row, column, or diagonal is the same value. The figure shows four of the entries of a magic square. Find $x$.

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Let's make a table.

\[\begin{tabular}[t]{|c|c|c|} \multicolumn{3}{c}{Table}\\\hline x&19&96\\\hline 1&a&b\\\hline c&d&e\\\hline \end{tabular}\]

\begin{eqnarray*} x+19+96=x+1+c\Rightarrow c=19+96-1=114,\\ 114+96+a=x+1+114\Rightarrow a=x-95 \end{eqnarray*}

\[\begin{tabular}[t]{|c|c|c|} \multicolumn{3}{c}{Table in progress}\\\hline x&19&96\\\hline 1&x-95&b\\\hline 114&d&e\\\hline \end{tabular}\]

\begin{eqnarray*}19+x-95+d=x+d-76=115+x\Rightarrow  d=191,\\ 114+191+e=x+115\Rightarrow e=x-190 \end{eqnarray*} \[\begin{tabular}[t]{|c|c|c|} \multicolumn{3}{c}{Table in progress}\\\hline x&19&96\\\hline 1&x-95&b\\\hline 114&191&x-190\\\hline \end{tabular}\]

\[3x-285=x+115\Rightarrow 2x=400\Rightarrow x=\boxed{200}\]

See also

1996 AIME (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
First Problem
Followed by
Problem 2
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