Subject: Magic Square
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 1997 19:08:28 -0600
From: Mike Neumann

Alexander Bogomolny:

I am a student at Marquette University who enjoys a math puzzle every once in awhile. I came across one that is giving me some trouble, and was wondering if you could offer some help. The question asks:

Place the numbers 1-16 in the cells of the following magic square so that the sum of each row, column, and diagonal is the same

X  2  X  X
5  X  X  8
X  7  6  X
X  X 15  1

Besides using the "quess and check" approach, is there an algorithm to solve this sort of problem. I would greatly appreciate your expertise.

Thank you

Mike Neumann

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