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Magic Square

Arrange the given numbers in a three by three grid to make a magic square.

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Drag the numbers into the green cells to make a magic square.
The totals of each row, column and diagonal should be the same.

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This is Magic Square level 2. You can also try:
Level 1 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Level 7 Level 8

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Comment recorded on the 19 October 'Starter of the Day' page by E Pollard, Huddersfield:

"I used this with my bottom set in year 9. To engage them I used their name and favorite football team (or pop group) instead of the school name. For homework, I asked each student to find a definition for the key words they had been given (once they had fun trying to guess the answer) and they presented their findings to the rest of the class the following day. They felt really special because the key words came from their own personal information."

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Monday, December 2, 2013

"As an extension activity consider the following questions:
How many magic squares are there that contain the numbers 5, 8 and 12? (ignore rotations and reflections).
Is the centre number of a magic square always one third of the row and column totals?
Can you create a magic square using only prime numbers?"

Transum,

Friday, June 2, 2017

"In the year 1514 the German artist Albrecht Dürer created an engraving called Melencolia with a magic square in the background. The image below shows an enlargement of the magic square. The date appears in the bottom row of the magic square.

Melancholia"

Ian Stewart, Cabinet Of Mathematical Curiosities

Friday, June 2, 2017

"Using consecutive whole numbers and counting rotations and reflections of a given square as being the same there are precisely:

1 magic square of size 3 × 3
880 magic squares of size 4× 4
275,305,224 5×5 magic squares of size 5 × 5.


For the 6×6 case, there are estimated to be approximately 1.77 × 1019 squares."

Transum,

Saturday, February 17, 2018

"One method of finding a solution to a puzzle in which the digits one to nine have to be arranged in a particular formation is by trying every different permutation. This strategy however is very time consuming. Even if it only took one second to arrange the numbers and check whether a solution has been found, you would need to allow over one hundred hours to complete the task!

Developing a strategy with some insight or consideration of the number patterns might be a better course of action. Good Luck! "

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