# Rubik's cube solution for beginners, a basic tutorial

Rubik's cube solution for beginners, a basic tutorial .......................................................... 1 Introduction..................................................................................................................... 2 The Method..................................................................................................................... 2 Notation........................................................................................................................... 3 Higher Cube Math........................................................................................................... 4 Step 1: the cross .............................................................................................................. 4 Step 2: the top layer ........................................................................................................ 4 Step 3: the middle layer .................................................................................................. 5 Step 4: the Last Layer cross ............................................................................................ 6 Step 5: Rotate (orient) corners ........................................................................................ 6 Step 6: Swap (permute) corners...................................................................................... 7 Step 7: Carrousel (cycle) edges....................................................................................... 7 Step 8: rotate body .......................................................................................................... 8 Algorithms ...................................................................................................................... 8 Cube Lingo...................................................................................................................... 8 Contact ............................................................................................................................ 9 Some interesting links..................................................................................................... 9

Michiel van der Blonk

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Make a cross on the bottom layer 5. right? Yeah. and to practice every algorithm separately. so it is just a matter of doing the same thing a couple of times. An algorithm is a sequence of moves (a turn of one of the six sides). you will soon learn what actually happens there. here is the solution: I think this is the simplest method described up to now on the internet. Speedcubists have methods that solve the last layer in 3. This means the last four steps all work on the last layer. and then you thought: now I am really going to try and solve this thing. trying to solve one side. See you in 50 years. you own a Rubik's cube. Learning the algorithms is the hardest part. Make a cross on the top layer 2. and thoroughly. Insert the middle layer edges 4. Rotate the corners to make the bottom color complete 6. Though there are a lot of equivalent algorithms I chose to use the simplest. try starting at the back. When you have memorized the four algorithms and the situations in which to perform them. try the same moves on the left hand side. Solving a rubiks cube can be a burden. So. Also. most symmetrical ones.Introduction So. If you can perform the moves starting at the front. 2 or even 1 step! Michiel van der Blonk Page 2/9 6/14/2007 . Primarily. No problem. Swap corners to fix the bottom corners 7. 4 look last layer (LL) method. that are easiest to learn. You probably already tried twisting and turning. Visualize the moves in your head. the cube can be solved in a layer by layer approach using only 4 algorithms. Insert the corners to make the top layer complete 3. This is not a joke! (you do need to practice a little and of course you will need a reasonable cube for this). you will be able to solve a rubiks cube within one minute. Swap (or caroussel) edges to fix the bottom edges In cubespeak this is called a layer by layer. right. the other side gets messed up. The Method The YY Method consists of seven steps 1. you had lots of fun. and I encourage you to start learning them one at a time. When you are twisting. The longest algorithm is 10 moves and that one is repetitive. try to learn the mirrors: If you know the right hand side.

the cube will be restored to its original state (scrambled. and therefor really hard to remember (if your bad at math.rotate cube looking at Front face (also [f]) Michiel van der Blonk Page 3/9 6/14/2007 . That's why I give you an alternative that is easier to read.Front A very important aspect of the cube is that the center pieces are fixed. look at the R(ight) side of the cube..g.. Colors. X .Back F .Up D . They are named after the mathematical X. that is). To see why it's best to take you cube apart and put it back together again.Notation The notation used in these lessons is very widespread and accepted. The symbols in the standard notation are the first letters from the names of the sides. which also includes movements of two layers at the same time or rotations of the whole cube.rotate cube looking at Up face (also [u]) Z .Left U . If you have a new cube you might need a screwdriver for this. Don't worry. Then. or the side of the cube your looking at are actually not relevant for the effect of an algorithm. 1 move.Down B . turn the face your looking at clockwise 1/4. that are used to describe rotations of the complete cube. right?). As you can see. Now. Y and Z axes. R is made as follows: first. if you do that 4 times.rotate cube looking at Right face (also [r]) Y . and it's a good exercise to get to know the cube. So we have R . They cannot move. Additionaly there are three other important symbols. you're not going to break it. e.Right L . If you turn a face 1/4th move then you can take out the edge piece. Speedcubers will usually use an extended notation.