# Possibility that the cube is solvable

#### celli

##### Member
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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1/12

#### flan

1/3 possible orientations of a corner are correct

1/2 possible orientations of an edge are correct

1/2 possible permutations of a corner/edge are correct (T J F Y R N perms etc can exchange two corner swaps for two edge swaps)

all are independent of each other so

1/3x2x2 = 1/12

#### StachuK1992

##### statue
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.

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#### Stefan

##### Member
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.
Huh?

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#### celli

##### Member
1/2 possible permutations of a corner/edge are correct (T J F Y R N perms etc can exchange two corner swaps for two edge swaps)
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

#### Sa967St

##### Not A Moderator
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
You only have P parity half of the time(2/4).

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

#### flan

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!

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#### celli

##### Member
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?

#### flan

Yeah thats basically it

#### celli

##### Member
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.

#### Rinfiyks

##### Member
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.

#### Ranzha

##### Friendly, Neighbourhoodly
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.
Then again, if it pops out a 1x3x3 row, there is a chance of you getting all three parities.

#### oll+phase+sync

##### Member
Then again, if it pops out a 1x3x3 row, there is a chance of you getting all three parities.
that is true for "smaller" rows, too

#### Ranzha

##### Friendly, Neighbourhoodly
that is true for "smaller" rows, too

Even so, to achieve all three parities from a solved cube, one must take out at least 3 pieces.

#### CharlesOBlack

##### Member
Then again, if it pops out a 1x1x3 row, there is a chance of you getting all three parities.

this statement is also true.

#### amostay2004

##### Member
So I assume the probability for this on a 4x4 is 1/3?

#### Sa967St

##### Not A Moderator
So I assume the probability for this on a 4x4 is 1/3?
The only kind of unsolvable parity you can get on even cubes is CO parity, so yes.