# Thread: [RESOLVED] Magic square, 5x5, even numbers from 2 to 50 totalling 130

1. ## [RESOLVED] Magic square, 5x5, even numbers from 2 to 50 totalling 130

My son got an assignment and I am trying to help him solve it but I am also unable to find the solution, can anyone here help me out? Google was not helpful also. He has got to solve a magic square and there is already a hint as seen in the attached image. All the diagonals (X), verticals and horizontals should have a sum of 130. Thanks for any tip!

2. ## Re: Magic square, 5x5, even numbers from 2 to 50 totalling 130

You can of course just halve all the entries to get a more traditional puzzle. Here's a solution to that version. Here's a Wikipedia page discussing the general method; perhaps your son was supposed to use it in this case himself.

Edit: I remembered that I dislike it when mathematicians aren't explicit when they easily could be, so here's an explicit solution:
Code:
```34 48  2 16 30
46 10 14 28 32
8 12 26 40 44
20 24 38 42  6
22 36 50  4 18```

3. ## Re: Magic square, 5x5, even numbers from 2 to 50 totalling 130

Thanks, it was an assignment but the teacher did not teach them any method in finding the answer. I am now trying to learn that method in the link you provided, thank you so much!

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