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    Q. In the following rectangle sheet of 1X10, two numbers are shown. Fill the remaining rectangles by real numbers such that the sum of the numbers in any three neighbouring squares is a constant and the sum of all numbers is 210.



    26



    12


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    \begin{array}{|c|} \hline<br />
a\\ \hline<br />
b\\ \hline<br />
26\\ \hline<br />
c\\ \hline<br />
d\\ \hline<br />
e\\ \hline<br />
12\\ \hline<br />
f\\ \hline<br />
g\\ \hline<br />
h\\ \hline<br />
\end{array}

    From what you said;
    a + b + 26 = k
    b + 26 + c = k
    26 + c + d = k
    c + d + e = k
    d + e + 12 = k
    e + 12 + f = k
    12 + f + g = k
    f + g + h = k

    You can start by using
    26 + c + d = k
    c + d + e = k
    d + e + 12 = k

    c + d = k - e

    Hence
    26 + k - e = k

    26 - e = 0

    And
    d + e = k - c

    Hence
    k - c + 12 = k
    12 - c = 0

    Solve for c and e and the rest should come in easily.
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    My approach is basically the same as Unknown008's.

    Here's what I said:


    \begin{array}{|c|c|c|c|c|c|c|c|c|c|c|c|c|} \hline<br />
a & b & 26 & c & d & e & 12 & f & g & h \\ \hline \end{array}


    And we have 9 equations:


    \begin{array}{cccccccccccccccccccc}<br />
a &+& b &&&&&&&&&&&&& +& 26 &=& k & [1] \\<br />
&& b &+& c &&&&&&&&&&& +& 26 &=& k & [2] \\<br />
&&&& c &+& d &&&&&&&&& + & 26 &=& k & [3] \\<br />
&&&& c &+& d &+& e &&&&&&&&& =& k & [4] \\<br />
&&&&&& d &+& e &&&&&&& +& 12 &=& k & [5] \\<br />
&&&&&&&& e &+& f &&&&& +& 12 &=& k & [6] \\<br />
&&&&&&&&&& f &+& g &&& +& 12 &=& k & [7] \\<br />
&&&&&&&&&& f &+& g &+& h &&& = & k & [8] \\ \\[-2mm]<br />
a &+& b &+& c &+& d &+& e &+& f &+& g &+& h &+& 38 &=& 210 & [9] <br />
\end{array}



    Subtract [4] - [3]: . e - 26 \:=\:0 \quad\Rightarrow\quad e \:=\:26

    Subtract [4] - [5]: . c - 12 \:=\:0 \quad\Rightarrow\quad c \:=\:12

    Subtract [8] - [7]: . h-12 \:=\:0 \quad\Rightarrow\quad h \:=\:12


    . . . and we're on our way!
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