3×3 Rubik’s Cube

How to solve a 3×3 Rubik’s cube.



By: Ebenezer Gudissa, Journalist

Solving a 3×3 Rubik’s Cube can be challenging, but with the right method and practice, it becomes much easier. Here’s a simplified step-by-step guide written at an 8th-grade level:

Step 1: Understand the Cube The Rubik’s Cube consists of six sides, each made up of nine smaller squares. The colors on each side can be different, and the goal is to have each side of the cube be a single solid color.

Step 2: Solve the First Layer Cross Start by solving one side of the cube. Choose any color as your starting point. Look for the four edge pieces that have your chosen color and place them in such a way that they form a cross on the first layer of the cube.

Step 3: Complete the First Layer Corners Next, look for the four corner pieces that match the color of the first layer’s center square. Position them in the correct spots, ensuring that the adjacent colors match as well. This will complete the first layer.

Step 4: Solve the Second Layer Now, focus on solving the second layer of the cube. Look for the edge pieces that have a color matching the center square of the adjacent side. Move them to their correct spots by using a specific sequence of moves.

Step 5: Form the Yellow Cross Once the first two layers are solved, turn the cube upside down, so the solved layers are facing downward. Observe the yellow face and try to form a yellow cross on it. If a line or an “L” shape appears, you can proceed to the next step.

Step 6: Position the Yellow Corners In this step, you need to position the remaining yellow corner pieces correctly. By applying a sequence of moves, you can get them into the right places. This may require repeating the sequence multiple times.

Step 7: Orient the Yellow Corners After positioning the yellow corners correctly, you need to orient them so that the yellow face is entirely yellow. Depending on the orientation of the corners, you will use a sequence of moves to achieve the desired result.

Step 8: Solve the Final Layer Corners Now that the yellow face is complete, focus on solving the remaining corners on the last layer. Apply a specific algorithm to move the corners into their proper positions.

Step 9: Solve the Final Layer Edges Lastly, solve the remaining edge pieces on the last layer. Use another algorithm to move them into their correct spots. This might require repeating the algorithm a few times.

Step 10: Finishing Moves Once all the pieces are in their correct positions, you might need to make some final moves to align all the colors on each side. Keep adjusting the cube until each side is a solid color, and you have successfully solved the Rubik’s Cube.

Remember, solving a Rubik’s Cube requires practice and patience. It’s normal to make mistakes or get stuck at times, but with persistence, you will improve and eventually solve it faster. Good luck!