Wonder Wednesday: The Anatomy of a Rubik’s Cube

Lots of people see and play with Rubik’s cube everyday, but how does a Rubik’s cube actually work?A Rubik’s cube is a series of cubes that connect to a rotating center, a thin pole runs along each axis (x, y, and z) that connects to the center of the cube, rotating a series of six cubes, one for each face.

 A Rubik’s cube has twenty six cubes, and six are attached to the poles, which leaves the remaining twenty cubes to connect to each other as they rotate.

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When I first was curious about the Rubik’s cube I wondered how twenty six cubes connected to one center in a rotatable fashion, but I now understand that  that would be difficult to do, causing several virtually impossible connections. It is much simpler to connect to each other instead. I  was also wondering how an algorithm could solve it. Of course there are algebra explanations for why it works, but it get’s a little complicated when you get to that part.. A rubik’s cube is still partially a mystery to me, and I still have a little ways to go before understanding it fully, but it is not quite the threatening lack of explanation that it was before.

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Resource: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rubik’s_Cube

 

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