How to solve 2×2 Rubik’s Cube


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By: Keyes Bronson, Journalist

The Rubik’s Cube is a puzzle that was created by Erno Rubik in 1974. In this article you will find how to solve the 2×2 version of the Rubik’s Cube. First, you want to know all the moves you can make on a 2×2 Rubik’s Cube.

“L” means left clockwise. “R” means right clockwise. “U” means up clockwise. “D” means down clockwise. “F” means front clockwise. “B” means back clockwise. If there’s an apostrophe in front of the move, that means it counterclockwise.

Once you have all the moves down, you want to solve the first layer. It doesn’t matter what side you pick to solve first but I’m going to use the white side. Look for a white corner with blue and red. Keep the white side on the top of your cube. Next find another white piece with blue and orange. Pair those together and make sure that the white sides and blue sides are together. Hold the cube so that both white pieces are on top and blue side facing you. Look for a white and orange piece and put it underneath where it needs to go. Then repeat this algorithm. “D’, B, B.” Your Rubik’s Cube should have three of the four white pieces on top. Hold the cube so that the white side is on top and so that the missing piece is facing you. Next you want to get the last white piece under the place it’s supposed to be. If the white piece is on the top but in the wrong place, do this algorithm, “B’, R, R, B.” Once you have the white piece in the right spot, do this algorithm, “D, R’, D’, R.” Now you have the first layer solved.

Now turn your cube over. We’re going to solve the yellow side now. Remember the algorithm, “R, U, R’, U, R, U, U, R.'” Turn the cube so that there is a yellow piece in the bottom left corner and then do the algorithm. Keep doing this until the yellow side is solved. If all the yellow pieces are on the sides, just do the algorithm anyway.

Now you have the yellow side solved but the pieces are still not in the right spot. To do this, hold the cube with the yellow side facing up with the white side facing down. Now see if you have a pair of yellow pieces in the right spot. if so, put them facing away from you and do the following algorithm, “L’, U, R’, D, D, R, U’, R’, D, D, R, R.” If you can’t find a pair, just do the algorithm anyway and then find a pair. Now congratulations! You have just solved a 2×2 Rubik’s Cube.


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