Find a 3x3 Magic Square
where the operation is MULTIPLICATION rather than addition
and the entries are 9 different numbers.
My Solution.
The only way I found to solve this puzzle
was to use properties of EXPONENTS:
In the original problem, we were to look
for an arrangement of numbers 1 through 9 that would add
up to the same value in any row, column, or diagonal. One solution
was this (the sum being 15):
By using the property of exponents when
multiplying like bases shown above, all I have to do is choose
some x and enter x raised to the values shown in
each position of the array above.
The PRODUCT of each row, column,
and diagonal is then:
For example, if I choose 2 for my base,
I have the following array:
The PRODUCT of each row, column,
and diagonal is this case:
Note:
To meet the
requirement that all numbers in the array are different,
we must choose an x other than 1.