# How do you solve a magic square puzzle?

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## How do you solve a magic square puzzle?

There are five easy steps.

- List the nine consecutive numbers in order.
- Add them up then divide by three.
- The very middle number in a consecutive number list is the number for the middle square.
- Apply the rules in the magic square solution diagram.

**What is a magic square and how do they work?**

A magic square is an n x n square with a whole number written inside each cell, so that the sum of the numbers in every row, in every column and in each of the main diagonals is equal. This number is called the magic number. The main diagonals are those that stretch from corner to corner.

**What is the purpose of magic squares?**

It takes a great deal of skill to be able to arrange numbers in a square to make all the rows, columns, and diagonals have the same sum. The use of magic squares dates back as far as the ancient Chinese and they are still used today as challenging math puzzles.

### How do you fill a magic square?

Fill in the remaining numbers using an up-one, right-one pattern. You will always fill in the numbers sequentially (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.) by moving up one row, then one column to the right. You’ll notice immediately that in order to place the number 2, you’ll move above the top row, off the magic square.

**Is Sudoku a magic square?**

No. Sudoku is a particular type of number puzzle/game. A magic square is a particular case of n**2 numbers in a n x n grid. A correctly solved sudoku puzzle has some elements of a magic square, but not all, so it also is not a magic square.

**How do you identify a magic square?**

This is a magic square, if we see, the sum of each row, column and diagonals are 15. To check whether a matrix is magic square or not, we have to find the major diagonal sum and the secondary diagonal sum, if they are same, then that is magic square, otherwise not.

## Who discovered magic squares?

In the 18th century, Leonhard Euler, the greatest mathematician of his day, was devising ways to create magic squares.

**What are the rules of magic squares?**

Magic Squares are in square format table which has equal number of rows and columns.

**How many numbers in the 8×8 magic square?**

A typical 8×8 magic square obtained by using the mimic method consists of four 4×4 magic squares. While the magic sum of an 8×8 magic square is 260 . The magic sum of each 4×4 square is 130 . In this, the 8×8 is a magic square and also each 4×4 is a magic square.

### How is the magic number in a magic square found?

This magic number is determined by n and is equal to n(n2+ 1)/2. The number n, the number of cells on one of the sides of a magic square is referred to as the orderof the magic square. Here is one of the earliest known magic squares. It is a 3×3 square using the numbers 1, 2, 3,…, 9.

**What is a 4×4 magic square?**

The Magic Square Order of 4×4 is one of the even magic square which consists of four rows and columns. The puzzle requires 16 different numbers to solve the puzzle which should give the same magic constant with the addition of numbers horizontally, vertically and diagonally.