Today we are going to learn how to solve one face of a 3 x 3 Rubik’s cube.
Note: For our purposes, we will call the White side the top and the Yellow the bottom. I will refer to the horizontal planes from top to bottom as the Top, Horizontal Middle, and Bottom. The vertical layers will be called the Right-hand, Left-hand, and the Vertical Middle.
Solving the corners:
- If the corner is in the Top, but at the wrong address, use this move. Turn the cube so that the side containing the corner is facing you. Turn the Right-hand or Left-hand plane (whichever contains the corner) down 1 turn (90 degrees). The corner should now be in the Bottom. Next use either step 2 or 3 to solve, depending on your situation.
- If the corner piece is in the Bottom with the White side facing down, turn the Bottom so that the corner is directly below its address. Next, turn the side face containing both the corner and address 1 turn down. Turn the Bottom so that the corner piece is out of the way of the side face you just turned. Return the side face to its original position by turning it up 1 turn (90 degrees).
- If the corner piece is in the Bottom with the White side facing out, Solve for Y’t. Turn the Bottom so that the corner is beneath its address. The corner and address should be vertically aligned. Turn the Bottom 1 turn so that the address and corner are diagonally opposite each other. Turn the address’s side plane down 1 turn. Turn the Bottom 1 turn so that you “load” the corner into the address spot. Turn the address side 1 turn back to its starting position. *To remember this move I use the following: “Away Down Load Up.” Note that this is the same pattern used to solve the middles in step 8 of “Solving the Plus”.
By combining “Solving the Plus” and “Solving for Y’t” you can solve any single side of the Rubik’s cube!
Challenge: Try solving other sides of the cube. See if you can do it under 1 minute!