Introduction: How to Solve the Rubik's Cube

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The Rubik's cube is the best selling toy in the U.S.
some may think it is impossible to solve, even  Erno Rubik didn't think there was a combination to
there are 43,000,000,000,000,000,000 (that is 43 quintillion) possible combinations.
So how can you solve the cube without memorizing 43 quintillion different combinations?
there are things called algorithms that are based on mathematical equations that get pieces to places without messing up the whole cube.
   Some of you may be wondering why i wanted to learn to solve the Rubik's cube, well I am very big into math and I am Very good at memorizing things in fact I have an IQ of 120 but you don't need a high iq to learn how to solve the Rubik's cube. I learn this method last Christmas when I was bored on Christmas break and wanted something to do. It only took me a week to learn to solve it, but it wasn't like I was doing it for a week straight 24 hours a day, in fact i probably spent an hour a day max that's 7 hours max it took me to solve the Rubik's cube. So in this tutorial i will show you a beginners method that I used on how to solve the Rubik's cube and maby later i might teach you an advance method on how to solve it, but you will need to know how to solve it with the beginners method first before you move onto the advanced method.

What You Need
- A Rubik's cube
- an Attentive mindset

Step 1:

To get how to solve the Rubik's cube i will explain to you how this method solves it.
Most people think you solve the cube face by face but that is wrong you are supposed to solve one face then layer by layer.

the blue picture below shows the notation of moves that make up an algorithm

first things first you need to get the cross it doesn't matter what color it is as long as you have a cross where the colors on the sides match

Note: what I mean by the colors on the side matching is if you are solving the red faces cross the color of the edge piece should match up with it's side

Step 2:

Now you will need to get the rest of the first side

to get the white piece up to where it needs to be
the algorithm for it with the green side facing you is

R, Fi, Ri, F

the algorithm for the bottom picture is

F, D, Fi, Di, R, Fi, Ri, F

these are algorithms that I invented

Step 3:

Congratulations you have solved the first side  but that isn't very impressive so lets go on.
Now you need to flip the solved side so its on the bottom so you can get the edge pieces aligned also known as the second layer

you need to find the edge pieces that belong in the middle row

you need to find an edge piece and line it up with its color
if it has to the right the algorithm you need to use is
U, R, Ui, Ri, Ui, Fi, U, F

if it has to go to the left use this algorithm
Ui, Li, U, L, U, F, Ui, Fi,

now do that to all the edge pieces
you are 2/3rd's of the way done

Step 4:

Now you have the first 2 layers finished

you now need the top cross
keep doing this algorithm until the top cross is solved
F, U, R,  Ui, Ri, Fi
now you should have the top cross

to solve the top face of the Rubik's cube you will need to do this algorithm
until the top of you Rubik's cube looks like the  picture then turn the whole cube to the right and do the again. if the top of you cube is solved your good but if it isn't get turn it so it looks like the picture then turn it to the right then do the algorithm again
R, U, Ri, U, R, U, U, Ri
now all you need to do is get the 3rd layer done

Step 5:

Now you have the first 2 layers and the top  your so close

if you have a combination like the orange side  where there is only one one odd piece turn the top layer so it is on the back side then do this algorithm
Ri, F, Ri, B, B, R, Fi, Ri, B, B, R, R, Ui

Now your cube should look like the 2nd  and 3rd picture with 3 faces with only 1 piece off
go to the opposite face off the one fully solve face and if the odd piece has to go to the right  do this algorithm

F, F, Ui, L, Ri, F, F, Li, R, Ui, F, F

If it needs to go left do this algorithm

F, F, U, L, Ri, F, F, Li, R, U, F, F

Step 6: Finished

Congratulations You have now solved the Modern day mystery; The Rubik's Cube
but if all this went right over your head try checking out this link it does a very good job explaining how to solve it

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