Scholarship of Discovery
Polyforms are created by taking squares, equilateral triangles, and regular hexagons and placing them side by side to generate larger shapes. This project addressed three-dimensional polyforms and focused on cubes. I investigated the probabilities of certain shape outcomes to discover what these probabilities could tell us about the polyforms’ characteristics and vice versa. From my findings, I was able to derive a formula for the probability of two different polyform patterns which add to a third formula found prior to my research. In addition, I found the probability that 8 cubes randomly attached together one by one would form a 2x2x2 cube. Finally, I discovered a strong correlation between the probability of a polyform and its number of exposed edges, and I noticed a possible relationship between a polyform’s probability and its graph representation.
Vander Schaaf, Danielle Marie, "An Investigation into Three Dimensional Probabilistic Polyforms" (2012). Honors Program Projects. 27.