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We will learn this step by step:
Spend some time playing with the puzzle to familiarize with it before you read this solution tutorial and see how far you can get without help. Most people can solve one face after spending some time with the cube.
Notice that no matter what kind of face rotation you do, the center pieces always stay in the same position. They determine the color of each face.
Beside the fixed center pieces the cube is composed of 8 corner pieces with 3 stickers and 12 edge pieces with two stickers.
There are so many possible configurations (over 43 quintillion) that it would be impossible to solve it by randomly turning the faces until it's all done.
It's hard not to break the solved pieces while fixing new ones. We need to divide the cube into layers and use algorithms in each step which don't break the finished parts.
We've marked the six faces of the cube with the initials of their names.
|F – Front||R – Right|
|U – Up||L – Left|
We are not going to use the D (down) and B (back) faces in this tutorial.
A letter by itself means a clockwise rotation of the face while a counterclockwise turn is marked with an apostrophe.
|U||Quarter clockwise turn on the Up face (90°).|
|F'||Front face counterclockwise turn.|
|R2||Double rotation on the Right face.|
Click the buttons to see the animated rotations in action.