Hi, my name is Cubastic and today I will teachyou how to solve a 3×3 Rubik’s cube.
The technique I’m about to show you is reallyeasy and absolutely everyone can learn it.
I can guarantee that after watching all 4parts of this tutorial you will easily solve a Rubik’s cube no matter how scrambled itis.
And if you already know how to solve a Rubik’scube this method still will be really useful because with it you’ll be able to teachyour friends, your parents, your siblings or classmates.
First, let’s learn what the Rubik’s cubeconsists of.
It has 6 faces and therefore 6 colours.
White, yellow, green, blue, red and orange.
It’s really important to remember that whitewill always be opposite yellow, blue opposite green and red opposite orange.
That is due to the Rubik’s cube structure.
And no matter how you turn or scramble it- white center piece will always be opposite yellow, blue opposite green and red oppositeorange.
It’s also really important to know thata Rubik’s cube has 3 layers.
To determine which layer is which just pickup the Rubik’s cube and the lowest layer will be called the first layer.
The top layer is called the third layer andmiddle one is the second layer.
So, again – the first layer, the second layerand the third layer.
Don’t confuse layers with faces.
Now let’s disassemble the Rubik’s cubeand see what elements it has.
There are three types of elements and thefirst one is the central axis.
As you can see all center pieces are fixedand they cannot move relative to one another.
The center piece has only one color.
We also have the edge pieces, which have twocolours, like this one for example has red and white.
This is what it looks like inside the cube.
And the corner elements, like this one forexample, they have three colours, this one has blue, white and red and this is, again, what it looks like inside a cube.
It’s really important to learn the piecesand not to confuse them with each other, I will be calling them by their names and soshould you.
Now, when we know what the Rubik’s cubeconsists let’s move on to the turns.
The sides of a cube could be turned in twoways: clockwise and counterclockwise.
There are 6 sides and there are labels forturning each of them.
Turning right side clockwise is labeled withletter R.
The apostrophe means «prime» and it means turning counterclockwise, like Rprime.
And the same goes with left face.
Left clockwise is L and left counterclockwiseis L’.
Front face clockwise turn is labeled withletter F, and counterclockwise turn is F’.
The side can be turned twice and when thathappens the letter has number 2 next to it.
For example U or the up face 2.
U2 means turning the up face two times.
And it doesn’t matter which direction you’regoing, the result will always be the same.
So in this method you’ll use only four sides.
Right – R and R’, Left – L and L’, Front- F and F’ and Up – U and U’.
Let’s have a little practice.
Take a solved Rubik’s cube in front of youand do the following combination: R which is right face clockwise, U which is up faceclockwise, and then do the opposite – R’ or right face counterclockwise and U’ whichis up face counterclockwise.
These four moves will be the main moves ofthis whole solving method.
It’s hard to believe, but the only thingyou’ll need to do in order to solve a Rubik’s cube is learn these four moves.
Let’s practice a bit more.
R, U, R’, U.
R, U, R’, U’.
To get more comfortable hold the cube thecorrect way: put three fingers on the top of the right side, on these three pieces, then it will be much easier to turn: Right, Up, Right counterclockwise, Up counterclockwise.
After repeating this combo six times you’llreturn the cube to it’s original position.
So you know all the necessary info to startsolving the Rubik’s cube.
Now you know what this puzzle consists of, how it works and how to turn it’s sides.
Now we can move on to learning the solvingtechnique itself.
So guys, the first and the main thing we shouldstart with is solving the cross.
We’ll start with the white side becauseI got used to it and it’s easier for me to explain and also most speed cubers startsolving with this side as well.
This is what the finished cross looks like, and it is the result we want to achieve.
But the first step is to get the white edgesaround the yellow center piece.
This is what it’s gonna look like.
Now I’m gonna show you how it’s done.
Let’s scramble the Rubik’s cube.
The first thing we need to do is to find ayellow center and to take the Rubik’s cube so that center is facing up.
Here it is, it’s facing up, so now I caneasily rotate the Rubik’s cube without moving the yellow center from the top.
For our next step we should look for edgeswith white color.
Remember that edges are the pieces with onlytwo colours.
Like this one, this one, this one, this one, but don’t confuse it with the corner.
So I found four edges, one of them is alreadywhere I want it to be, the other ones aren’t.
The easiest way is to the yellow center onthe top layer put an edge that is located on the second layer, in front of you.
For example this one or this one.
It goes up in just one move, let’s havea look.
Just like that.
So the first thing we should do is to lookfor the edges on the second layer.
We can move to the top the edge on the rightand the edge on the left.
Please note that if you have an edge herethat will perfectly fit on top in one move, but you already have the white edge here, you should just turn the up side in the direction, which gets you a free spot and your whiteedge easily goes there.
Let’s see some more scenarios.
If we don’t have any edges on the secondlayer, we are looking for them on the first or the third one.
Here we have an edge on the first layer.
To easily get it on top we need to make itconvenient for us, which means to put it on the second layer.
It is done by turning the front face.
We turn the front face and the edge becomesconvenient for us.
Now it’s on the second layer and can goup in one move.
But to move it up, we need to free the spotthere first, because there’s already a white edge.
Turn the up side, there’s no more whiteedges and we can easily move the last edge in one move.
One more case.
On the first sight it looks the same: we havean edge on the first layer, but we cannot just turn the front face to make the edgeconvenient.
Because on top, just above it we already havea white edge, which moves together with our edge from the first layer.
So we need to do pretty much the same thing- turn the upside, so there’s no edge above our edge from the bottom layer.
Then we can easily make it convenient forus and move it here, on the second layer, or to the other side.
Let’s move it here.
Now the edge is convenient and can easilygo up.
But we already know that we need to free thespot for this edge.
Turn the front face, the spot is free, movethe edge up.
You can also end up in this situation andit solves exactly the same as the previous one.
We just need to turn the front face, so aninconvenient edge from the third layer becomes a convenient layer on the second layer.
And move it up to the free spot.
The last possible situation is when we haveno convenient edges on the second layer, or even the first and the third layer, but westill haven’t got all of the white edges on top.
This means that our white edge is hidden onthe bottom of the Rubik’s cube.
Here it is.
Hold the cube so the edge is near you, hereit is, close to us and at the bottom.
To move it up we only need to turn the frontface twice.
And now it’s up there.
But if you payed attention – with this movewe moved the edge that was already on the top.
So again we need to free the spot just aboveour hidden edge.
There’s a free spot, our edge is here andwith a double turn we move it up here.
Turn the front face twice.
And the first part of our cross is solved.
But we’re only halfway there.
A complete full cross should look like that:the white center piece is surrounded by all the white edges and the nearby edges alsomatch their center piece.
As you can see.
Here’s what we need in order to do it.
Take the cube with the white edges alreadyon their places and turn the third layer until the edge there matches the color of your frontface center piece.
Like here – the white and blue edge matchesthe blue center.
Then we turn this face twice and this edgemoves to it’s place.
And it matches both white and blue.
Turn the cube, so you face the other center.
Turn the third layer until the edge therematches your center piece and turn the front face twice again.
This piece is also at it’s place.
Here, green edge matches the center, so weput it on it’s place.
And the last time.
Orange is already where we need it, so weput it down with a double turn.
The cross is finished, it’s the first andthe main thing that you need to learn and I’m sure that if you try a bit you’lldo it easily.
If you couldn’t do the cross from the firsttry you can always rewatch the video and look more closely.
I’m sure you can do it.
If you already know how to do the white crossyou can watch the next part of this tutorial.
Don’t forget to like this video and subscribeto my channel, I’m Cubastic, see you in the next part.