The fastest solution
1st year project
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Materials and Methods
It is important to know which way is the fastest way to do a task in order to do it more efficiently in this case, the way to solve a Rubik’s cube. Which is the fastest way to solve the Rubik’s cube? Is it the Beginner’s method, which is known and used by many beginners, but usually not a method of speed solving? Or is it the Fridrich method, which is known and used by speed solvers but not many beginners? The beginner’s method is easy to learn, but I hypothesized that the Fridrich method would be the fastest at solving the puzzle cube. To be able to test this question, one must have a Rubik’s cube and a puzzle timer. First one has to learn how to solve the puzzle cube in the two methods we talked about, then after one knows them by memory time each method 100 times, average the times and compare which is the fastest way to solve it. After testing I concluded that the fastest method to solve the puzzle cube was using the Fridrich method, it was about 30 seconds faster on average than the Beginners. I believe that the fastest way to do things is very important and this experiment will help to find out one of the hardest puzzles and best-selling toy out there.
The Rubik’s cube or the magic cube was invented in spring of 1974 by Erno Rubik. Rubik’s initial intention to designing the cube was not to produce the highest selling toy in history. He was only interested on the design problem; he asked, "How could the blocks move independently without falling apart?” His cube was made of 26 cubbies, 9 cubbies make a layer and any three cubbies adjacent to each other except diagonally make a new layer.
At first the Rubik’s cube was held together by rubber bands, but soon the creator realized that the puzzle will soon tangle up and stop working. After a few tries he hand carved the 26 cubes that make up the puzzle and made them stick together with the shape they had. "It was wonderful, to see how, after only a few turns, the colors became mixed, apparently in random fashion. It was tremendously satisfying to watch this color parade. Like after a nice walk when you have seen many lovely sights you decide to go home, after a while I decided it was time to go home, let us put the cubes back in order. And it was at that moment that I came face to face with the Big Challenge: What is the way home?" said Erno Rubik after scrambling the cube for the first time.
After scrambling the cube for the first time and after and a few tries to put the cube back into its original form, Rubik theorized that it would be nearly impossible to solve the cube with random movements. After thinking about it he started to work on a solution. He developed his own method, which would involve the solving of the 8 corner cubes after a few weeks of work he had solved the puzzle. Rubik applied for his Hungarian patent in January 1975 and left his invention with a small toy making cooperative in Budapest. The patent approval finally came in early 1977 and the first Cubes appeared at the end of 1997.
The Rubik’s cube was not a super seller after one night it was not selling that great actually until Hungarian businessman Tibor Laczi discovered the cube while drinking coffee. “When Rubik first walked into the room I felt like giving him some money,'' he says. ''He looked like a beggar. He was terribly dressed, and he had a cheap Hungarian cigarette hanging out of his mouth. But I knew I had a genius on my hands. I told him we could sell millions.'' -...
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