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Beyond Solving: Mathematical Modeling with the Rubik's Cube
Once you can solve the cube, what's next? We will use the cube to model a random number generator, an encryption machine, and DNA transcription.
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over 2 weeks
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So you can solve a 3x3 cube. What next? Beyond just the ability to arrange the pieces of a Rubik’s cube, we can use the cube as a mathematical tool to model other situations. We will learn to use the inherent randomness of a cube scramble, combined with the stability of algorithms, to model situations that require an interplay of the two. We will start by learning how algorithms work on the cube and how to create them. We will then use the cube to model a random number generator, an...
Students will: -- understand the meaning of "algorithm" and how algorithms are used. -- understand how to read and use cube notation for scrambling and solving. -- understand how random number generators work. -- analyze the randomness of numbers generated by a cube scramble -- understand how a transposition cypher works -- be able to both code and decode cyphertext using a cube scramble -- understand the basics of DNA transcription. -- be able to translate amino acids into proteins, and then traits to create a new creature.
I have taught with cubes for the last 3 years. I have extensive experience in middle school classrooms teaching courses through Algebra 1. I am certified to teach gifted students K-12 and held a previous middle level math certificate (grades 6-9). I love helping kids see the connection between academic topics and their other interests!
With the exception of the last class, students may need to spend up to an hour outside of class finishing the project started each class.
3x3 cube with standards colors PDF of additional resources will be available in the classroom.
3 hours 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
We will use notation diagrams from youcandothecube.com
Mrs. CoffmanGifted and Talented Teacher
49 total reviews
50 completed classes
I have 21 years of teaching experience in grades K-8. My bachelors degree is in Elementary Education from Boston University. I have a masters degree in the Psychology of the Gifted an'd Talented from the University of Connecticut, and a graduate...