Sunday, August 24, 2014

HOW TO: Rubik's Cube Part 3 (Middle Layer)

First layer done! Time for middle layer!

The cube you are working on should look like this before starting to solve for the middle layer. It should be easy by now and I wish that you can solve the first layer in less than a minute. Remember that I am using white as base in my examples.

The next step is to find the piece that you want to put in and align it with the center piece of the same color as show in the example below. Notice that the green side of an edge piece is lined up with the green center plate. If the edge piece is flipped, you should align it with the other center piece, as show with the orange one.
 When performing the algorithms for placing the edge tiles in the middle layer, the side you are facing must be where the center piece and the edge piece are of the same color as shown below.

U R U' R' U' F' U F

This move will put the top edge piece to the right.

U' L' U L U F U' F'

This move will put the top edge piece to the left.

If you did the moves correctly, then it should look like this.
Pretty easy. But what if the edge piece is in its place but is inverted? Do either of the steps above and the piece wrongly place will go back to the top layer. And then put it back there again, this time oriented right.
If everything goes well, the cube should now look like this.
Congratulations! You are now done with the second layer! Be sure to practice because the third layer is the most complicated of all. Master the first two layers first! Please put a comment if you have any comments or suggestions! Tell me if you are following this tutorial. It is an honor to teach everyone of you. :)

PART 4: HOW TO: Rubik's Cube Part 4 (OLL)

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