There is some terminology you will need to know in order to understand this instructable. Here are some words to know.
Corner - a physical plastic corner piece. Has 3 stickers.
Edge - a physical plastic edge piece. Has 2 stickers.
Piece - A corner or an edge.
Sticker - One colored sticker. There are nine on each side. You know what I mean. (hopefully)
Side - one of the 6 sides of the cube.
Layer - the cube consists of three layers (top/middle/bottom).
This is a 3-dimensional concept, as opposed to "side" which is 2-dimensional. The "green layer" is the one with the green center.
Twist, twisted - how a piece is oriented. A corner can be twisted in 3 different ways, an edge in 2.
Turn, turning - the physical act of rotating a side.
Orient- to twist or flip a corner or edge.
Position (noun) - a space of the cube, occupied by one piece.
Positions don't move, pieces move by occupying different positions. For example the red-white edge can be in any of the 12 edge positions, and it can be in the correct (red-white) position but wrongly twisted.
Position (verb)- to put a piece in its correct position.
Permute, Permute- to switch cubies while leaving them oriented the same.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are a few questions that have been asked over and over through emails from various people so I want to post FAQs about them.
Q: What are the gray stickers in your example?
A: The gray stickers signify that the color of that sticker is irrelevant.
Q: When you say 2 Times which way do you mean to turn it?
A: It really doesn't matter which way you turn it. Two times clockwise is the same thing as two times counterclockwise.
Q: Where do you buy good Rubik's cubes?
A: I bought mine at Rubik's.com
under the DIY section. With those cubes you can adjust the screw tension. The $8.99 ones with lube are very good. The lube makes your cube turn like a dream. If you want to purchase 2x2 cubes or other sizes try this site
. If you want other puzzle shapes like the Pyraminx go here.
some times has good and rare puzzles just search for "Rubiks".
Q: I have a fairly good cube but want to lube it. Do you know of any websites where I can purchase lube cheap?
A: This Website
has lube that is identical to the stuff sold at Rubik's.com but cost a fraction of the price. Also NEVER USE W.D.-40!!!! IT DESTROYS YOUR CUBE!!! I put W.D.-40 on my first Rubik's cube and it didn't last me a year. The centerpiece broke in half from speedcubing. The W.D.-40 seriously weakens the plastic.
Q: What are the Official (and Unofficial) World Records?
A: Try Speedcubing.com
they have many resources plus links to the records at the top of their web page.
Q: What exactly does middle: up mean? or middle: left?
A: Here are some graphics at the bottom that i hope will explain the moves.
Q: Are the Rubik's Cubes popular enough to have any forums or a place where I can talk to other Rubikian Fans?
A: Try http://twistypuzzles.com/
they have a large forum. The website also features a puzzle database, price guide, and articles to describe puzzle building.
Q: I'm having trouble understanding the Left: "Up" and "Down" concept. Can you illustrate the turns better?
A: Heres a video explaining the basic turnings.