Name: Vanessa
Who is asking: Student Question: I have a math puzzle. I have been working on it for over 2 weeks. Here it is: use the numbers 125 each only once. The rows across are an equation and the columns down are an equation. There are 25 boxes. You have to use the order of operation x and / first then = and . Some of the answers are numbers.
b= Blank These were black squares on the puzzle. The rows and columns have to equal the answer across and down. I tried to do the numbers first. I then tries to work backwards from the answer. I tried factoring the number and using the answers. I got 7 of the equations done and the remainng numbers wont work. I would apreciate any help I can get. All this work for 10 POINTS. I would rather write a paper on a great mathamatician.
Thanks We would also rather write a paper on a great mathematician. There seems to be no way to get around checking zillions of possibilities. On the other hand, puzzles like that one are easy to invent: Just write down the numbers from 1 to 25 in a table in any order:
Then put in division signs first, where they fit, and fill up the rest with other operations:
Then solve the operations on rows and columns and hide the numbers:
Voila! you have a puzzle as tough as the previous one, and you can throw it back at whoever assigned that monstrosity. Claude
