Rubik's_cube.svgIntroduction

The Rubik’s Cube is a 3-D combination puzzle invented in 1974 by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik. Today, it is one of the most popular toys in the world. Some people think the Rubik’s Cube is hard or impossible to solve, but there are actually 43,000,000,000,000,000,000 possible combinations. In the following instructions, we will show you one possible way to solve the Rubik’s Cube. After practicing and mastering these instructions, there is nothing wrong with discovering what more can be done with this intricate toy.

Symbols

When we give you a set of these symbols, do the appropriate movements on your Rubik’s Cube in the order they appear.

C Clockwise
CC Counterclockwise
R Right
L Left
F Front
B Back
U Up or Top
D Down or Bottom

Instructions

First you need to choose a side to solve first, let’s use green. The green side is the side with the green middle piece. The first thing you need to do is solve the green cross (which is basically the whole side except for the corners). Look on the bottom LAYER (so not just the bottom side, the whole bottom layer) for a green cross piece. Look at the other color of that piece (when using green, it will be one of following red, white, orange or yellow) and the turn the bottom until the piece you’re using lines up with the other color (the one that’s not green). Next, turn the front side twice so that piece is on the top layer. That should put it into the right spot. If the piece is in the right spot but upside down, hold that face towards you and do Fcc, Uc, Lcc, Ucc. Continue with these steps until you have the cross.

Next, you need to put in the green corner pieces. Once again, look on the bottom layer for a green corner piece. When you find one, turn the bottom layer until the corner piece is underneath where it should be (make sure you look at the other two colors of the piece to determine where that corner goes). Now, hold your cube so that the piece you’re putting in is one the bottom right corner of the front face. Now do Rcc, Dcc, Rc, Dc. Repeat this series of moves until the piece is in the right position. Continue with these steps until all the corner pieces are in their right positions.

Now you should have the whole first layer done. Next, flip the cube over so that the green side that you finished is at the bottom. The blue side should be on top. Now find a CROSS piece on the top layer (not a corner) that has no blue on it (there are four red and yellow, red and white, orange and yellow and orange and white). Now look at the side of this piece that is NOT touching the blue center piece (it will be touching one of the four side center pieces) and by turning the top, line up that color with the corresponding center piece. This cross piece will be going beside the matching center piece so now you have to figure out if it needs to go to the left or to the right of the center piece. Do so by looking at the cross piece’s other color and then seeing how it relates to the center piece color. If it needs to go right do Uc, Rc, Ucc, Rcc, Ucc, Fcc, Uc, Fc. If it needs to go left do Ucc, Lcc, Uc, Lc, Uc, Fc, Ucc, Fcc. Continue with these steps until the second layer is completed.

Next, look at the top of the cube. Look for the blue CROSS pieces. You will have one of the following shapes above. If you have one of the first three, still hold the blue face on top but make sure you rotate the cube so that the top face looks like one of the pictures below. Do Fc, Rc, Uc, Rcc, Ucc, Fcc. Repeat until you have the cross (last diagram, bottom-right).

rubiks

Now, looking at the SIDES of the blue cross pieces, turn the top until two of them line up with their matching center piece. There will either be two across from each other or two next to each other. If they are across from each other, hold one towards you and one away from you. If they are next to each other, hold one away from you and one to your right. Now do Rc, Uc, Rcc, Uc, Rc, Uc, Uc, Rcc. If originally, your two matches were across from each other you will need to the sequence again holding one match away from you and one to your right. If your matches started next to each other, turn the top until all four match up.

Now it’s time for the corners. First, looking at the colors, find a corner piece that’s in the right spot. It does not have to be in the right position; it could be turned sideways. You may not have a correct corner, that’s okay. Now turn your whole cube so that this corner piece is in the bottom right corner of the blue face. Remember, the blue is still the top face. If you didn’t have a corner piece in that right spot, it doesn’t matter how you hold the cube. Now, do Uc, Rc, Ucc, Lcc, Uc, Rcc, Ucc, Lc. Once again, check to see which corner pieces are in the right spots the position doesn’t matter! If not all of them are in the right spot repeat the turns until they are. If they are, here’s what you do find one that’s in the wrong POSITION and hold in the bottom right of the blue face (Remember this step looks like its messing the cube up but you’re really not). Do Fcc, Uc, Lcc, Ucc and repeat until it’s in the right position. Now, DO NOT turn your cube. Turn the top and JUST THE TOP until another incorrect corner piece is in the bottom right corner. Do the same steps as above. Continue until all corner pieces are correct and then just line up the last three lines.

CONGRATULATIONS! YOU JUST SOLVED A RUBIK’S CUBE!

Courtesy of Kirsten H., one of Shufflenet’s early contributors.


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