Introduction: Solve a RUBIK'S CUBE! (The Easy Way)
The Rubik's cube isn't an impossible puzzle and it can be solved by everyone.You might have scrambled and are looking for a solution (That's why you came here in the first place).Even Ernol Rubik's ,the creator of the puzzle learnt the solution after 1 month so if you are unable to solve it yourself then it's no big problem.
It's even possible to learn it in one day.So let's start:
A Rubik's Cube
Two hands (Some can even solve with legs)
Step 1: Know Your CUBE.
First We will have to know the name of the pieces and their movements.First of all ,CENTER PIECES ,You have noticed that there are 6 pieces in the cube which are unmovable.This pieces tell us which side the same colored pieces would go.Secondly,EDGE PIECES ,There are total 12 pieces of this kind which have only two colors in them.Lastly,There are CORNER PIECES,which have 3 colors on them and are 8 in total in the cube.
Then try the notations shown on the picture and learn them."i" on the movement means you have to turn it anti clockwise.You should be clear about them because they are the style in which algorithms are written.Some people also also write "i" as ( ' prime).For Example,Fi as F' (F prime )
Step 2: Solve Any One Face Quickly Without Caring About the Color.
It is actually an exercise which you should do repeatedly so you slowly understand the type of movements needed to get a piece in the right place.Once you understand the way to put a piece in the right place,you can move on to the next step.
Step 3: White Cross
First we need to make a white cross with the edges matching the other centers.If any edge is flipped then use the formula above.This step is mostly done intuitively and by practice you will be able to do it real quick.
Step 4: White Corners
You just have to insert the corners in the right place which you have already learnt during the Random Face Exercise.Then move to the next step of solving the Middle Layers.
Step 5: Middle Layer
First turn the solved white face upside down and observe the faces carefully.Turn the top face so that the edge piece matches with the color then see where it needs to go.If it needs to go left side then apply the 1st algorithm or if it needs to go right side then apply the 2nd algorithm on the next page.
If there is any piece which is in incorrect position then apply the formula and remove it and use the algorithm to correct it.
Step 6: Middle Layer Algorithms
Here are the algorithms.
Step 7: Yellow Cross
Here we have to form a yellow cross.There are three cases here the color in black means that other colors need not be cared about.You should remember the algorithms or else you can apply the 3rd algorithm 3 times in all the above cases and you will have a yellow cross.Then move to the next step.
Step 8: Arrange the Yellow Cross
Make one yellow edge face the correct center by turning the top face.Then apply the algorithm(can take 2 to 3 times) and you should get a correct yellow face.There can be 2 problems here :(
1) If you notice that all opposite edges are in correct place but in such a way that if you set one pair correctly then other pair is disturbed then you will have to turn the face so that no edges are correct then apply the algorithm and you will then proceed as the above method.
2) If 2 adjacent edges are correct then turn the cube (not the face) so that they are in an "L" shape then apply the algorithm you will directly get the solved yellow cross.
Step 9: Arrange the Yellow Corners
Here we have only one algorithm to do,first before applying it check if any corner is in the correct place (It is not necessary to be in the right position) if there is one such corner then rotate the cube so that it is in the bottom right corner,then apply the algorithm till all the corners come in their respective places.It may take 2-3 times but the bottom right corner will stay in the same place.
If no corner is in the right place then apply the algorithm once and the rotate the cube so that the correct corner is in the bottom right place and then apply the algorithm till all the corners come in their respective places. Then you can move to the next step.
Step 10: Solve the Cube.
Apply this algorithm corner by corner,firstly apply this on one corner till it comes in the right orientation,then repeat it with other corners and your cube will be solved.
Congratulations! You just entered the group of 5% people in the world who can solve a Rubik's Cube.