A Little About Methods And Algorithms

To solve the Rubik's Cube , cubers use methods. There are many different ones, but each method consists of steps. In those steps, cubers solve part of the cube, so that in the end the cube is solved.

In order to solve part of the cube in each step, cubers turn the sides certain ways, changing something. This is called an algorithm. Cubers learn algorithms, "alg(s)" for short, to complete different steps.

Methods and algorithms don't just come out of thin air. Cubers have to discover them. When cubers discover new algorithms, they have to test a lot. They have to try different moves to see what they do. Sometimes it takes a long time to discover algorithms, other times it doesn't.

Properties Of The Cube

    Unlike most people, cubers learn properties of the cube that are very important to solving it. Each cube has 6 faces, or sides. On each face are 9 stickers with different colors on them. There are also different pieces. Edge pieces are pieces in the middle of each edge on the cube. They each have 2 stickers. There are corner pieces too. Corner pieces are pieces on the corners of the cube. Corner pieces have 3 stickers each. The last type of piece is the center piece. As you may have guessed, it’s the piece in the center of each face. Center pieces only have 1 sticker.

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    Another property is that each sticker stays on it’s piece. The pieces themselves are the only things that move when the cube is turned.

    Also, take note that whenever a face is turned, the center piece always stays in it’s place. All the other pieces move around it.

    When the cube is solved, all the stickers will match the color of the center piece on their face.

     Lastly, there are 6 different colors on the Rubik’s Cube. They are white, yellow, green, blue, red, and orange. The center piece with white on it will always be on the opposite side of the yellow center piece. Green will be opposite blue and red will be opposite orange.

    The first version of the Rubik’s Cube, invented by Erno Rubik’s in 1974 had no stickers. It also had flat corners. He probably added stickers later on to make it solvable.

Moyu Huanying Box Typo

One sunny Sunday afternoon, I took my Moyu Haunying speedcube out of my cubing case. I opened the box that I kept it in(I just can't stand cubes not being in their boxes) and took out the cube. I did a few solves and PLL T-perms and put the cube back in it's box. As I was about to put it in my case, I noticed something odd about the box. It said, "HUANYING". Under that it said, "3"... "LAYE Magic cube".  TYPOOOO!?!?!? Then I looked at the side next to it. It had a white circle and in said "3 LAYE Magic cube". Again!?! When I finally put it in my cubing case, still recovering from the incident, I thought "That's ironic. Moyu can make great cubes but can't spell "layer" right."


A Really Tiny Intro To Cubing

This is an small introduction to a new series of posts I will be doing about cubing.

Have you ever solved a Rubik's Cube? Chances are, probably not. But there are people who can solve it, called cubers. Cubers have Rubik's Cubing as a long-term hobby. They call it cubing.