The Rubik’s cube is a puzzle formed from a 3 × 3 × 3 cube and 6 different colors. The way the cube operates and the puzzle that it creates, can be explained using mathematics. To be able to talk about the mathematics behind the Rubik’s cube, we introduce some important concepts in Group Theory and then see how these concepts directly effect the workings of the cube. We discuss at one solution, called The Layer Method, and how the algorithm uses the ideas of Group Theory. We also discuss the concept of God’s Number and how a solution for the idea was found.
McCoy, Tori L., "The Rubik's Cube: A Look into Group Theory" (2017). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 7662.
The Rubik's Cube, Group Theory
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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