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2023-08-21 20:16:42

Easy Beginner Tutorial - How to solve a Rubik's Cube - Beginner Method

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Hey Sean here from speed cube view dot com .

A few weeks ago , I published a video explaining some steps on how to transition from a beginner Cuba to an intermediate one .

This video is a little out of order because it's focused on those of you who want to learn how to solve a Rubik's cube .

For the first time , there have been multiple times in my life when I picked up a Rubik's cube and after trying and failing to solve it , I just put it down .

That was before the internet .

And as an adult now I decided to finally figure it out .

By the end of one afternoon , I was able to solve it without looking at my notes or online .

It is not hard to solve but to be fast , it takes practice and no , there is not one move that you just do repeatedly until it is solved that does not exist .

There are two parts to solving a cube .

The first one is being able to solve certain sections intuitively .

This means just by watching how pieces move and putting them in the correct places without a memorized pattern .

The second is what are called algorithms .

These are a series of steps to move select pieces around .

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Now remember that a Rubik's cube is not 56 movable stickers or colors , the centers never move from their spots and there are only 20 total moving pieces .

I can mix a cube up in any which way .

And the white center will always be opposite , yellow , blue , opposite green and red , opposite orange with the standard color scheme .

There are multiple methods to solving a cube .

And I'm sure those of you who can already solve it would like to add some pointers in the comment section below .

I will be going over how I learn , which is usually referred to as beginner method or layer by layer method .

The first to do is to intuitively solve the cross on one of the sides .

Now , I strongly recommend switching up what colors you solve on each time .

It's a good technique to have .

If you want to quote speed solve , I'm using a special cube that will only show the pieces we are working with .

Now , when making the cross , remember that it is the entire piece that we are putting into place , you may make a cross .

But the goal is to do so with the other color of the edge piece matching the center color on the size of the cube .

This may be a slow process to learn how to manipulate the cube without messing up the other pieces .

But keep it , it will get easier with time after you finish the cross , we want to insert the four corner pieces on that face .

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What you will want to do is align the corner under the spot it needs to go into .

We will be doing our first algorithm .

This one will be called the corner twisting algorithm .

It is moving the right face down the bottom layer to the left , the right face back up and the bottom layer to the right .

Now , the notation that's used to describe that is R prime D prime RD .

If you want to take a quick break to learn about the notation , I've put a link in the description to my video on that .

Now , that algorithm you'll either have to do 13 or five times data into place if the corner is already in the spot but not facing the right way .

You just need to do the same algorithm , but either two or four times if the corner is in another corner spot on the top face and either start with a different corner or do the corner twisting algorithm once with a random corner to kick the correct one out onto the bottom layer .

So it can be inserted into the correct spot .

Now , we have to insert the edge that goes on the sides , flip the cube over .

So the side you have solves on the bottom , what you will do is find the edge that should be inserted on the side above the corner piece that was just solved , then put the edge above the center that matches the side color .

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So you get an upside down T on that face , have that face in front .

And if it needs to be inserted on the right , you do , you are you prime our prime U prime F prime UF it needs to be inserted on the left side .

You do U prime L prime , UL UFU prime F prime .

The parentheses are just help organize the way it looks and do not mean anything as far as Q movement .

Now , what is really happening is you are bringing the corner up to pair it up with the edge and then reinserting them together just like the corners .

You may need to insert an incorrect edge piece because the one you need is in the wrong spot already or flip the wrong way .

Now we get to orienting the top layer , we need to get the same color all facing up .

First , we do the cross .

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All you need to know is the algorithm Frur prime U prime F and it's very similar to the corner twisting one if you already have a cross and you can skip this step if you have a bar , have it face horizontal and do the algorithm .

If you have an L or AJ shape , turn it so it's on the top left corner and do F and then Rur prime U prime twice followed by F prime .

If you don't have any edge pieces flipped correctly , do the algorithm once Frur prime U prime F prime and you should get an L shape again .

Next .

When you to twist the corners , you will either have none of them twisted correctly , one of them two or all .

Now you start at your first corner and do the corner twisting algorithm R prime D prime RD , either two or four times .

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Now , here's the important part .

First , make sure you do the final D move at the end , the corner will look correct , but you need to do that final D move to not mess up the entire cube .

Again , it will look a little messed up here .

But what you do is only move the top face , putting the corner , you need to adjust in the place .

The previous one was you keep doing this around the cube only moving the top face and doing R prime D prime RD .

You'll do the algorithm a total of either six or 12 times .

After that is done , we need to permute the top layer , putting the pieces in the correct place on the top .

We'll start with the corners .

You can tell what is set up correctly by what is commonly referred to as headlights .

If you have headlights around the entire cube , your corners are all set .

If you have one set of headlights , you need to do an algorithm .

And if you have no headlights .

You need to do that algorithm twice .

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If you have nothing matching , you do R prime fr prime B two RF , prime R prime B two R two .

Now these algorithms will get into your muscle memory and in time you won't even need to think about what is happening .

Your fingers will just be able to execute the algorithm with ease .

If you have one pair of headlights , you do the same algorithm but make sure the headlights are pointing in the back .

Lastly , we need to take care of the edges .

You'll either have three misplaced , four misplaced or none of them .

If none of them are misplaced , then congrats , you have solved the Rubik's cube .

If four of them are misplaced , you do the algorithm are U prime Ruru are you prime R prime U prime R two ?

That will get you to just having three misplaced ?

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Then with three misplaced , you put the solved side in the back into the algorithm one or two times a cube should be solved .

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Now , there are other shortcuts you can learn such as doing the algorithm with the left hand to lower the number of steps or repetitions .

You need to do certain cases like the edges on the last step .

There are also other algorithms .

So you can solve certain steps in less moves as well as solve multiple steps in the same time , start with this and definitely check out other videos and forums .

If you'd like to check out the video on moving from beginner to intermediate , please do so .

But remember it takes time and practice .

Thank you for watching .

Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comment section below .

Please like and subscribe for more videos like this in the future and as always stop by speed QV view dot com for more news and reviews .


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