How to solve a Rubik’s Cube for the beginners, this is what I am going to talk about in this article. The Rubik’s Cube is essentially a brilliant 3-D combination puzzle invented by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Ernő Rubik in 1974. As complicated as it looks, it is pretty easy to solve if you know what you need to do. I can say that now, as I’ve already learned how to solve it. But for someone to approach it for the first time is seriously daunting. Just like solving the Sudoku puzzle, that we talked about in our previous article – Sudoku – Best Number Game Ever, the Rubik’s Cube is also a sort of numbers puzzle. Although fundamentally each presents the player with a very different set of problems. One needs to learn a series of moves to solve it. The cube has 6 sides with a set of 6 similarly colored faces on each side. Each of the 6 faces is covered by 9 stickers, one of 6 solid colors: white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow. White is opposite yellow, blue is opposite green, and orange is opposite red, and the red, white and blue are arranged in that order in a clockwise arrangement. The game begins by scrambling the colored faces and the player has to get them back to their initial placement to solve the puzzle.
Again, this being a visual puzzle, my ambition to teach it to Aarohi as part of her homeschooling, is what peaked my interest in learning how to solve it. Another extensive online search led me to a tutorial created by YouTuber TheSergsB. There are, of course, a bunch of tutorials on how to solve the Rubik’s Cube on youtube, but what attracted me to this particular one was how much fun it was to watch and the ease with which the user demonstrated the steps. Take a look below and enjoy:
Now, I learned to solve the 3×3 cube in my free time. After failing a number of times and giving up 3 times, it took me about 2 months to learn how to solve the entire cube without any assistance. The trick is to approach it one layer at a time. If you try to solve the whole cube in one go then you’re setting yourself up for failure. So first you choose one center color and solve the plus around it, followed by the corner pieces along with the colors on the sides of the top layer. Then you solve the second layer and finally the bottom layer. Let me assure you, it starts at difficult and becomes harder as you go from one layer to another. So what I did was, solved each step at least 10 times before moving ahead to the next. Eventually, you will not have to memorize the steps and will be able to solve it with visual cues as detailed extensively in the tutorial.
The Only advice I can give anyone trying this, is to not give up and persevere till you can make it happen.
By the time I managed to solve the cube, I realized that it would be too early to teach this to Aarohi. It requires the kind of patience and determination that can’t be expected from a 5-year-old. On the other hand, since she had seen me trying it out, she did get interested in solving it. So, the approach I took was that she would hold the cube and I would tell her which set of blocks to move to solve it. It does keep her engaged for some time, but then she loses interest in solving it before it is finished. It has happened on a handful of occasions that we’ve completely solved it in this manner. After a number of attempts, I realized that there is, in fact, a 2×2 cube also available. My next ambition is to try and teach her how to solve this one before we again attempt to solve the 3×3 cube.