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once you know a few algorithms. However.Article EditDiscuss The Rubik's Cube can be very frustrating and may seem next to impossible to restore to its original configuration.com/apps/outlook-sync . then the middle layer. 1 Familiarize yourself with the Notations at the bottom of the page. and finally the last layer. The method described in this article is the layer method: we first solve one face of the cube (first layer). Steps First Layer 1. Ads by Google Sync Your Calendar Get started quickly with Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook. it is very easy to solve. google.

Set into position the four edge pieces that contain white.) All four edge pieces can be placed in a maximum of eight moves (five or six in general). Turn the cube over 180° so that the cross now on the bottom. 3.2. o Place the cross at the bottom. In the examples that will follow. 3 Solve the cross. . (You should be able to do this by yourself without needing algorithms. Solve the cross. the color for the first layer is white. 2 Choose one face to start with.

5 Verify your first layer is correct. with a solid color (in this case. one by one. You should also be able to place the corners without needing algorithms.4. 5. white) at the bottom. the first layer should be complete. To get you started. 4 Solve the four corners of the first layer. here is an example of one corner being solved: o At the end of this step. You should now have the first layer complete and look like this (from the bottom side): Middle Layer .

a) o If the edge piece is in the middle layer but in the wrong place or with the wrong orientation. simply use the same algorithm to place any other edge piece in its position.b) symmetrical to (1. The second algorithm is symmetrical to the first.1. 2. o If the edge piece is located in the last layer : (1. and you just have to use the algorithm again to position it properly in the middle layer. Those edge pieces are the ones that do not contain yellow in our example. Your edge piece will then be in the last layer.a) (1. 1 Place the four edges of the middle layer. You need to know only one algorithm to solve the middle layer. Your cube should now have the first two layers complete and look like this (from the bottom side) : . 2 Verify correct positioning.

and swap them if needed. o Determine whether the two corners of the front side are in their correct position. As an alternative. Turn the cube around to place the other side (orange) in front of you. you will need to swap those two corners with the following algorithm: Swap 1 and 2 : (2. the two corners of the top layer will both contain the color of that side as well (orange in our example). and the front corner on the left must contain blue. At this step. Therefore the front corner on the right must contain green. Swap the two front corners if needed. Note that on the other side. you can do it with only one algorithm (note the huge similarity with the previous algorithm): . For instance. facing you. the right side is green. Turn the top layer until these two corners are on the correct color side. and the left side is blue.Last layer 1. o o Locate two adjacent corners that share a color other than the color of the top layer (other than yellow in our case). our goal is to place the corners of the last layer in their correct position. regardless of their orientation.a) o o Do the same with the two corners at the back. If it is not the case. 1 Permute the corners. turn the top layer until those two corners are on the red side of the cube. if the two adjacent corners both contain red. if you notice that both the front pair and the back pair of corners need to be swapped. In our example.

2 Orient the corners. you should end up with the four yellow stickers on top : o It is also convenient to use the symmetrical algorithm (here the red arrows are counter-clockwise turns): (3.Swap 1 with 2 and 3 with 4 : (2.b) Symmetrical to (3. The blue arrows show which three corners you are turning.a) o The algorithm will rotate three corners on themselves at once (from the side to the top). you will need to perform the algorithm more than once : Two correctly oriented corners : . and in which direction (clockwise).a) o o Note: performing one of these algorithms twice is equivalent to performing the other. If the yellow stickers are the way shown on the pictures and you perform the algorithm once. You need to know only one algorithm to orient the corners: (3.b) 2. Locate each top color facelet of the corners (yellow in our case). In some cases.

= = + = = + = = + o No correctly oriented corner : = = + = = + o More generally.a) in those cases: rners : er : . apply (3.

3. 4 . 4. perform one of the two algorithms once from any side. 3 Permute the edges. Check whether one or several edges are already in the correct position (the orientation does not matter at this point). o If all the edges are in their correct positions. use the following algorithm : (4.a) o o Note : performing twice one of these algorithms is equivalent to performing the other. you are done for this step. You will then have only one edge correctly positioned. If all four edges are incorrectly positioned. If one edge only is correctly positioned.a) o o Or its symmetrical : (4.b) Symmetrical to (4. You will need to know only one algorithm for this step.

Orient the edges. 5 Congratulations! Your cube should now be solved. This is the key to the notations used. LEFT. Notations 1. 1 . You will need to know two algorithms for that last step : Dedmore "H" Pattern (5) Dedmore "Fish" Pattern (6) o Note the DOWN. 5. perform the "H" pattern algorithm from any side. UP. and you will have to perform that algorithm one more time to solve the cube. sequence to most of the Dedmore "H" and "Fish" algorithms. You really have only one algorithm to remember since : (6) = + (5) + o If all four edges are flipped. RIGHT.

Blue opposes green. There are six of them. 2 This article uses two different views for the Cube: o The 3D View. the algorithm (1. the front (red) and top (yellow). at the corners of the Cube. and the right side (green). The the colors used for these illustrations is called BOY (because the Blue. The front side is at the bottom (red). between each pair of adjacent corners. o The Top View. at the center of each face of the Cube. and each have three facelets The edges (or edge pieces). Orange and Yellow faces are in clockwise order).o o o The pieces that compose the Rubik's Cube are called Cubies. 2. White opposes yellow. There are eight of them. the top (yellow). . There are three types of Cubies: The centers (or center pieces). showing only the top of the cube (yellow). In Step 4.b) is illustrated with a picture showing the left side of the cube (blue). each have one facelet The corners (or corner pieces). showing three sides of the Cube: the front (red). and the color stickers on the Cubies are called facelets. Orange opposes red. There are 12 of them and each have 2 facelets Not all cubes have the same color schemes.

while the yellow facelets of the top front corners are both located on the front side of the cube.3. 4 When a facelet is grey. 3 For the top view. 4. each bar indicates the location of the important facelet. it means that its color is not important at the moment. In the picture. the yellow facelets of the top back corners are on the top (yellow) side. .

at the end of the algorithm they will be on top. Red arrows are used for counter-clockwise turns (algorithm (3.a)). In the picture. 6 For the top view. it will rotate the three corners on themselves as shown. In the case of the algorithm (3.a) for instance. If the yellow facelets are as drawn on the picture. This means that if the top face is yellow. Blue arrows are used for clockwise turns (algorithm (3. symmetrical to (3. the light blue facelets indicate that an edge is incorrectly oriented. 5 The arrows (blue or red) show what the algorithm will do. 6. the edges on the left and right are both incorrectly oriented.5. o o o The axis of the rotation is the big diagonal of the cube (from one corner to the corner all the way on the other side of the cube).b). but on the side. the yellow facelets for those two edges are not on the top.a)). .

LaunchNexus.7.cdw.voltdb.com/reclaim . datastorage. Rotation of one of the three vertical rows: Rotation of one of the three horizontal rows: A few examples of moves: START o o o Ads by Google Cheat Engine Download Cheat Engine -New & Latest Version. Rotation of the front side. Download Cheat Engine for Free! www. Download the free edition! www.com/Cheat-Engine Speedy Big Data Solutions Transactions processed at lightning speed. o 7 For the move notations it is important to always look at the cube from the frontside.com Free Exclusive Resource Want to Reclaim 75% of Your IT Storage Space? CDW Knows How.

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