December 5, 2012
How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube
Have you ever felt like an infidel when you see someone solve a Rubik’s Cube, then, think to yourself, “Wow, I wish I could do that!”? Well, now you can learn how to beat the famous 3-demensional puzzle that is, the Rubik’s Cube. For solving a cube, one must understand the correct annotations for maneuvering each side of the cube. For example: If I was to say to move the cube in the “F” direction, one would shift the blue side, assuming it was facing towards you, clockwise ninety degrees. There are annotations for each side of the cube: (L) left face, (R) right face, (D) down face, (B) back face, (U) up face, and (F) front face. There are also counterclockwise annotations for all of the faces and those and be identified with an “i”. For example: If I was to say to move the cube in the “Fi” direction, then one would shift the blue side counterclockwise ninety degrees. There are quite a few steps to solving a Rubik’s Cube, but it is well worth the wait to be patient and endure until the end. The first step to solving a Rubik’s Cube is scrambling the already possessed cube into any random order. Although it may seem ironic, it is necessary for the cube to be scrambled to properly begin solving. The next step one would take to solve a Rubik’s Cube is to pick one of the six colors displayed on the cube (red, blue, yellow, green, orange, and white) to face. Let’s face the blue side. Now, looking at the blue side, one can see that if red is on our right, then, yellow will be on top, orange would be on the left, white would be on bottom, and lastly, green on the back face of the cube. Now it’s time to actually begin solving the Rubik’s Cube. One would begin solving his/her cube by getting a white cross. To do that, simply find the blue and white edge piece and move it to the down (D) face. Next, rotate the down (D) face until the blue and white edge piece lines up with the blue...