Magic Star Puzzle
Date: 9/2/96 at 3:46:0 From: Warren McGillivray Subject: star puzzle I am in 7th grade and need help with my first homework assignment. I have a star puzzle. The star is shaped like 2 triangles. There are circles at each intersection and the points of the star. There are 4 circles in each row. We have to use the integers 1 to 12 and the sum of each row must be the same. I have worked on it since Friday and my parents have tried to help too. Can you help me? CM
Date: 9/2/96 at 8:38:7 From: Doctor Sarah Subject: Re: star puzzle Hi CM - The Math Forum has a Web unit on Magic Squares by Forum Teacher Associate Suzanne Alejandre, within which there are some "Magic Star" pages by Japanese Professor Mutsumi Suzuki. See: http://mathforum.org/alejandre/magic.star/magic.star.html The Magic Square Web unit is at http://mathforum.org/alejandre/magic.square.html People love to think about the math in these historical 'puzzles' and you'll find many explanations of the math involved in these pages. Good luck with your homework! -Doctor Sarah, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
Date: 9/2/96 at 17:21:28 From: Warren McGillivray Subject: thank you Dear Dr. Math, Thank you for your help and the Magic Star site! How did you figure it out? CM
Date: 9/2/96 at 17:48:30 From: Doctor Sarah Subject: Re: thank you Hi - Those 'Stars of David' were contributed by a Japanese professor, Mutsumi Suzuki, who came up with eighteen of them while traveling home on the Shin-Kan-Sen (Japanese bullet train). Later he found a 1992 book (in Japanese) about magic squares by a high school teacher named Kiyomi Omori that mentions magic stars and inspired him to work out two more of them. -Doctor Sarah, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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