How to Solve It?

Solve. How you can arrange four 5’s so that they equal six? Describe the strategy you used to find your solution(s).

Note. You can use any mathematical operations.

See here. A few solutions are given below.


  1. If x1,x2,x3,x4 &x5 are 5 numbers ;
    If Any xi comes in center i=1,2,3,4,5;
    Then sum of two is sum of remaining two excluding xi;
    If xi=1 remainings are 2,3,4 &5 :- 2+1+5( let it be Horizontal)=3+1+4(let it be vertical);
    3+1+4 ( let it be Horizontal)=2+1+5(let it be vertical);

    If xi=2 remainings are 1,3,4 & 5:- Solution not possible;
    If xi=3 remainings are 1,2,4 &5 :- 1+3+5(H)=2+3+4(V);
    If xi=4 remainings are 1,2,3 & 5:- Solution not possible;
    If xi=5 remainings are 1,2,3,4 – (1+5+4)(H)=(2+5+3)(V);

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  2. There are two possibilities in adding the five numbers to equal eight: 1,2,5 and 1,3,4. The number common to both permutations is 1. Therefore, the number in middle can only be 1.

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