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I had a question and maybe you could tell me the answer: If you dissamble your cube, and you put the pieces back in random, what is the possibility that the cube is solvable? I've thought a lot on how to do that, but I just don't know.

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I'll expand.
There is a 1/3 chance that the corners will be oriented (twisted) in a fashion that they can all be 'correct.'
There is a 1/2 chance that the edges will be oriented (flipped) in a fashion that they can all be 'correct.'

There is a 1/2 chance that the corners and edges can move about each other in such a way that allows them all to be in the same place.
1/(3*2*2) = 1/12.

I understand the 1/2 and 1/3 possible orientations, but why should you count this 1/2 again? And if you count it, why shouldn't you count the corners and edges apart? So 1/3x2x2x2 = 1/24

I understand the 1/2 and 1/3 possible orientations, but why should you count this 1/2 again? And if you count it, why shouldn't you count the corners and edges apart? So 1/3x2x2x2 = 1/24

odd number of edge swaps + even number of corner swaps -> not possible
even number of edge swaps + odd number of corner swaps -> not possible
odd number of edge swaps + odd number of corner swaps -> possible
even number of edge swaps + even number of corner swaps -> possible

You count this 1/2 again because it's independent of orientation. If you have a cube that is unsolvable because two corners are switched you can never make it solvable by twisting corners or flipping edges. The only way you can make it solvable is by switching two corners or if you want switching two edges because edge permutation and corner permutation are not independent of each other.
Ie if you have 2 switched adjacent corners you can make the cube solvable by switching two edges leaving you with an F perm or similar which of course can be fixed with an alg. I hope this makes sense!

Hey thanks, that does make sense. I get it now! So you don''t coutn them apart because they're not independent of each other. If they were, then we should count them apart, is that what you're saying?

OK, thanks. I totally get it now! I was thinking of this a lot because of my pops, and I didn't know if I put the pieces back in where they belong. And I always put them back in wrong. But this chance is much lower I expected actually.

Because you don't completely disassemble your cube every time you get a pop (might have just popped 1 edge), so you're more likely to reassemble it correctly.

Because you don't completely disassemble your cube every time you get a pop (might have just popped 1 edge), so you're more likely to reassemble it correctly.