# Puzzled: The Underlying Mathematics of the Enigma**Team:** 63
**School:** MCCURDY HIGH
**Area of Science:** Mathematics
**Proposal:**
## Puzzled: The Underlying Mathematics of the Enigma Machine
The problem is to create a mathematical model of the mechanical operation of a classic coding machine
## Experimental Component
The team plans to review in detail how the Enigma Machine of World War II could encode messages. This will involve a review of an extensive literature review which exists for this machine. In particular, the team is concerned with how the machine mechanically created a difficult-to-break code. In turn, the team is concerned with understanding how cryptographers in the Poland and Britain were able to successfully “crack” the coding done by the machine.
## Mathematical Components
One mathematical component is to explain the underlying mathematics of the machine’s mechanical behavior. The second mathematical component is to create a statistical model which could be used on a present day computer to decode messages created by an enigma machine. A model of the Enigma Machine is available on the Internet which creates coded messages. The math model is meant to decode a message created on such an Internet model.
**Team Members:**
Sarah Armstrong Juan-Antonio Vigil
**Sponsoring Teacher:** Robert Dryja
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