Solve the given equation by using the integers from 1 to 9 inclusive
exactly once each.
a/(b*c)+d/(e*f)+g/(h*i)=1
Note: Obviously this problem is easily susceptible to a brute force approach  however, it would be nice to see some arguments that don't use computer programs!
5/(8*9)+7/(2*4)+1/(3*6)=1
Assuming a=5 and d=7 from the first comment, I tried to rule out e,f combinations. I found that 1,8 and 1,9 created a fraction that was too large. Since 1*8 = 2*4, I tried to rule out 2,4 as a possibility for e,f. In doing so, I stumbled upon the answer.
So, it wasn't brute force, but more like guessandcheck.

Posted by Guest
on 20061214 14:36:03 