# 3x3 Online Solution

## Learn to solve the 3x3 Rubik's® Cube in 6 easy stages!

Watch all stages with these new animated video guides to help get you started.

Whether you complete all 6 stages or 1, be sure to tell your teacher about this program so all your classmates can solve with you! Teachers from all over the country use our program, at no cost, to teach their classes not only to solve, but math, art, science, and more. Hundreds of schools compete at solving cubes as a group and classes create really cool mosaic designs too. We even have ongoing mosaic contests each year. So check out our site and learn how you can do even more with a Rubik's® Cube!

# 3x3 Stage 1 - Get to Know Your Cube

## Definitions of the Rubik's Cube pieces

### Edge Pieces

Pieces with two (2) colors. There are twelve (12) edge pieces located in the middle rows.

### Corner Pieces

Pieces with three (3) colors. There are eight (8) corner pieces located on the corners.

### Center Pieces

Pieces with one color. There are six center pieces located in the center of each side, center pieces DO NOT MOVE and represent the color of their side.

Center piece colors are always opposite each other:

• WHITE opposite YELLOW
• ORANGE opposite RED
• GREEN opposite BLUE

### Sides of the Cube

Each side of the cube is represented by a letter.

 R = Right Face - Right side of the cube L = Left Face - Left side of the cube U = Up Face - Top side of the cube D = Down Face - Bottom side of the cube F = Front Face - Front side of the cube B = Back Face - Back side of the cube

### Twisting the Cube

A letter with an “i” after it means an inverted or counter-clockwise move when looking at the face directly.

Very Important!

When making the moves below, hold your cube full-face front with logo on top as shown. Dark grey on the pictures means the color does not matter. Each move is a 1/4 turn rotation.

## Get to know your Rubik's Cube

This video provides a basic understanding of the Rubik’s cube and will set you up nicely for the rest of the video guides. This stuff is really important, so listen up and let’s get started.

# 3x3 Stage 2 - Solve the White Cross

### Goal:

To make a WHITE Cross with Edge pieces matching the Center pieces.

### PART 1: Making the Daisy

1. Hold the Cube with the YELLOW Center on the UP face.
2. Find the 4 Edge pieces that have a WHITE tile and place them so the WHITE tile is on the UP face. The WHITE tiles on the Edge pieces should go around the YELLOW Center to make the daisy. IT doesn't matter if the other color tile on the Edge piece matches anything.

Tips:
Sometimes when you place the Edge, the WHITE tile is not on the UP face.
For example, you do this:  and get this:

To flip the Edge, hold the Cube so the Edge that needs to be flipped is on the RIGHT (R) face and then make these turns:

When you have placed all 4 WHITE Edges on the UP face, the UP face will look like this:

### Part 2: Making the WHITE Cross

1. Look at the FRONT face of the Cube.
2. If the FRONT tile of the UP Edge piece does not match the Center tile color, turn the UP face until it does. If it does, skip to step 3.

3.  Make 2 FRONT face turns so the WHITE tile is now on the DOWN face.

4. Repeat these two moves until all the WHITE tiles are on the DOWN face.

5. Turn your Cube over to reveal your WHITE cross. It's ok if you have more WHITE pieces on the face with the WHITE Cross.

### Congratulations!

If your Cube has a WHITE Cross that looks like the picture below, you can move to Stage 3!

Share your success with your teacher and classmates so your whole class can get in on the fun!

## Solve the WHITE Cross

In this video we teach you the first step – creating a white cross on the white face of the cube. Once you can do this, there’s no stopping you, so pay attention.

# 3x3 Stage 3 - Solve the White Corners

The WHITE cross is on UP face while you are solving the WHITE Corner pieces.

### Solving the WHITE Corners

• Corner pieces will have one WHITE side plus 2 other colors
• Rotate the DOWN (D) face until a corner is directly below its intended location by matching the colored tiles to the centers of the faces the corner is between. In these examples, the RED-BLUE-WHITE corner is between the RED and BLUE face.

If your Cube looks like this, with the WHITE tile on the FRONT face:

If your Cube looks like this, with the WHITE tile on the RIGHT face:

If your Cube looks like this, with the WHITE tile on the DOWN face:

• Repeat Stage 3 for all 4 Corners

### Tip

If a Corner with a WHITE tile is in the UP face, move it to the BOTTOM layer.

### Congratulations!

If your WHITE layer looks like the picture below, you have completed one third of the Cube and you can move to stage 4! Share your success with your teachers and classmates by printing out this page to give to your teacher.

## Solve the WHITE Corners

If you’ve made it this far, give yourself a pat on the back! This video teaches the next step – solving the white corners. There is a knack to it, but keep your cool - we take it one step at a time.

# 3x3 Stage 4 - Solve the Middle Layer

With the COMPLETED WHITE LAYER on the BOTTOM, now you have to solve the middle layer, which means positioning the “edge pieces” in the correct place.

### Tips

• Notice the vertical row of blue (this could be red, orange, green) - THIS IS CRITICAL!
• Create a vertical line by rotating the top (U) face until the front color of the edge piece on the top (U) face without yellow on it matches a side center piece. The color on the edge piece's top (U) face will determine the direction the edge piece should move.

1. If you're moving the edge piece in the same direction as indicated here…

... then follow the sequential moves pictured below:

2. If you're moving the edge piece in the same direction as indicated here ...

... then follow the sequential moves pictured below:

Continue these steps until all the edge pieces are in the correct position.

NOTE: If one of the edge pieces is already in the middle row, but in the wrong position, then do either one of the sequential moves, and it will move to the top layer. Then you can do the appropriate sequential moves to position it in the correct location of the middle layer.

### Congratulations!

If your bottom two layers look like this picture, you can move to Stage 5. You are two thirds of the way done! Share your success with your teachers and classmates by printing out this page to give to your teacher.

## Solve the Middle Layer

Well done! You’re halfway there. The next stage of the solution is solving the middle layer. Take a deep breathe, you’re doing really well.

# 3x3 Stage 5 - Solve the Yellow Face

## Get the yellow cross

1. Match the yellow pattern on the top (U) face of your cube to one of the yellow patterns shown on the cubes below.
2. Then follow the correct sequence.

### Tip

Yellow edge pieces on the top (U) face do NOT need to match on the side pieces… yet!

### 1st Step: Make a Yellow Cross

State 1.

Proceed to the 2nd Step, below.

State 2.

Then match the result to State 3 or 4, hold the cube to match that State and do that sequence.

State 3.

State 4.

### 2nd Step: Make All the Corners Yellow

NOW look at the top (U) face and match your top (U) face to one of the states below.

State 1.

If No Corner Cubes are Yellow on the top (U) face, you must have Yellow Left Corner on Left Face as shown

State 2.

If One Corner Cube is Yellow match your top (U) face as shown and do the sequence below.

State 3. If any Two Corner Cubes are Yellow don't worry about their position. You MUST match the front (F) face with a yellow left corner as shown.

Do this sequence 1, 2 or 3 times to achieve a complete yellow top (U) face. After each sequence, orient the cube to REMATCH the top (U) face to the appropriate state and repeat the sequence until all corners are yellow.

## Solve the Yellow Face

You’re over the hump now! This video teaches you how to solve the yellow face. You can see the finish line now so keep your focus.

# 3x3 Stage 6 - Position the Yellow Corners and Edges

## Position the Yellow Corners Correctly

While holding your cube as shown, here:

NOW twist the top (U) face until at least 2 corners are in the right location. 2 Corners MUST be in the right location as A, B or A, D or B, C as shown, below. If all 4 corners are in the right place then proceed to the 2nd Step.

### 1st Step: Position yellow corners correctly

While holding your cube as shown above, look at the top (U) face. Place the 2 correct corners in the back A, B or diagonally A, D or B, C across from each other.

If corners A and B are in the right place then switch C and D, do the sequence below:

If you need to switch diagonal corners like B and C or C and A, then do the sequence once. Then, orient the cube so the 2 correct corners are in the back and do the sequence again.

### Congratulations!

If your cube looks like this picture, you can move to the 2nd Step

### 2nd Step: Position the yellow edges correctly

Your goal for this step is:

If 1 edge is correct and 3 edges are incorrect, orient the cube so the face with the correct edge is the back (B) face. Then, determine if the edge pieces need to move clockwise or counter-clockwise and do the correct sequence below.

If all 4 edges are incorrect, then do either sequence below once, and then determine what direction the three edge pieces need to move and do the correct sequence below.

To cycle E F G Clockwise or E F G H Clockwise

To cycle E F G Counter-Clockwise or E F G H Counter-Clockwise

## Solve the Yellow Corners and Edges

We’ve found a really simple way to teach the final solution stage. Take it as your own pace, there’s no rush! You almost have superhero status…

• Stage 1 Know Your Cube

# 3x3 Stage 1 - Get to Know Your Cube

## Definitions of the Rubik's Cube pieces

### Edge Pieces

Pieces with two (2) colors. There are twelve (12) edge pieces located in the middle rows.

### Corner Pieces

Pieces with three (3) colors. There are eight (8) corner pieces located on the corners.

### Center Pieces

Pieces with one color. There are six center pieces located in the center of each side, center pieces DO NOT MOVE and represent the color of their side.

Center piece colors are always opposite each other:

• WHITE opposite YELLOW
• ORANGE opposite RED
• GREEN opposite BLUE

### Sides of the Cube

Each side of the cube is represented by a letter.

 R = Right Face - Right side of the cube L = Left Face - Left side of the cube U = Up Face - Top side of the cube D = Down Face - Bottom side of the cube F = Front Face - Front side of the cube B = Back Face - Back side of the cube

### Twisting the Cube

A letter with an “i” after it means an inverted or counter-clockwise move when looking at the face directly.

Very Important!

When making the moves below, hold your cube full-face front with logo on top as shown. Dark grey on the pictures means the color does not matter. Each move is a 1/4 turn rotation.

• Stage 2 The White Cross

# 3x3 Stage 2 - Solve the White Cross

### Goal:

To make a WHITE Cross with Edge pieces matching the Center pieces.

### PART 1: Making the Daisy

1. Hold the Cube with the YELLOW Center on the UP face.
2. Find the 4 Edge pieces that have a WHITE tile and place them so the WHITE tile is on the UP face. The WHITE tiles on the Edge pieces should go around the YELLOW Center to make the daisy. IT doesn't matter if the other color tile on the Edge piece matches anything.

Tips:
Sometimes when you place the Edge, the WHITE tile is not on the UP face.
For example, you do this:  and get this:

To flip the Edge, hold the Cube so the Edge that needs to be flipped is on the RIGHT (R) face and then make these turns:

When you have placed all 4 WHITE Edges on the UP face, the UP face will look like this:

### Part 2: Making the WHITE Cross

1. Look at the FRONT face of the Cube.
2. If the FRONT tile of the UP Edge piece does not match the Center tile color, turn the UP face until it does. If it does, skip to step 3.

3.  Make 2 FRONT face turns so the WHITE tile is now on the DOWN face.

4. Repeat these two moves until all the WHITE tiles are on the DOWN face.

5. Turn your Cube over to reveal your WHITE cross. It's ok if you have more WHITE pieces on the face with the WHITE Cross.

### Congratulations!

If your Cube has a WHITE Cross that looks like the picture below, you can move to Stage 3!

Share your success with your teacher and classmates so your whole class can get in on the fun!

• Stage 3 The White Corners

# 3x3 Stage 3 - Solve the White Corners

The WHITE cross is on UP face while you are solving the WHITE Corner pieces.

### Solving the WHITE Corners

• Corner pieces will have one WHITE side plus 2 other colors
• Rotate the DOWN (D) face until a corner is directly below its intended location by matching the colored tiles to the centers of the faces the corner is between. In these examples, the RED-BLUE-WHITE corner is between the RED and BLUE face.

If your Cube looks like this, with the WHITE tile on the FRONT face:

If your Cube looks like this, with the WHITE tile on the RIGHT face:

If your Cube looks like this, with the WHITE tile on the DOWN face:

• Repeat Stage 3 for all 4 Corners

### Tip

If a Corner with a WHITE tile is in the UP face, move it to the BOTTOM layer.

### Congratulations!

If your WHITE layer looks like the picture below, you have completed one third of the Cube and you can move to stage 4! Share your success with your teachers and classmates by printing out this page to give to your teacher.

• Stage 4 The Middle Layer

# 3x3 Stage 4 - Solve the Middle Layer

With the COMPLETED WHITE LAYER on the BOTTOM, now you have to solve the middle layer, which means positioning the “edge pieces” in the correct place.

### Tips

• Notice the vertical row of blue (this could be red, orange, green) - THIS IS CRITICAL!
• Create a vertical line by rotating the top (U) face until the front color of the edge piece on the top (U) face without yellow on it matches a side center piece. The color on the edge piece's top (U) face will determine the direction the edge piece should move.

1. If you're moving the edge piece in the same direction as indicated here…

... then follow the sequential moves pictured below:

2. If you're moving the edge piece in the same direction as indicated here ...

... then follow the sequential moves pictured below:

Continue these steps until all the edge pieces are in the correct position.

NOTE: If one of the edge pieces is already in the middle row, but in the wrong position, then do either one of the sequential moves, and it will move to the top layer. Then you can do the appropriate sequential moves to position it in the correct location of the middle layer.

### Congratulations!

If your bottom two layers look like this picture, you can move to Stage 5. You are two thirds of the way done! Share your success with your teachers and classmates by printing out this page to give to your teacher.

• Stage 5 The Yellow Face

# 3x3 Stage 5 - Solve the Yellow Face

## Get the yellow cross

1. Match the yellow pattern on the top (U) face of your cube to one of the yellow patterns shown on the cubes below.
2. Then follow the correct sequence.

### Tip

Yellow edge pieces on the top (U) face do NOT need to match on the side pieces… yet!

### 1st Step: Make a Yellow Cross

State 1.

Proceed to the 2nd Step, below.

State 2.

Then match the result to State 3 or 4, hold the cube to match that State and do that sequence.

State 3.

State 4.

### 2nd Step: Make All the Corners Yellow

NOW look at the top (U) face and match your top (U) face to one of the states below.

State 1.

If No Corner Cubes are Yellow on the top (U) face, you must have Yellow Left Corner on Left Face as shown

State 2.

If One Corner Cube is Yellow match your top (U) face as shown and do the sequence below.

State 3. If any Two Corner Cubes are Yellow don't worry about their position. You MUST match the front (F) face with a yellow left corner as shown.

Do this sequence 1, 2 or 3 times to achieve a complete yellow top (U) face. After each sequence, orient the cube to REMATCH the top (U) face to the appropriate state and repeat the sequence until all corners are yellow.

### Congratulations!

• Stage 6 The Yellow Corners and Edges

# 3x3 Stage 6 - Position the Yellow Corners and Edges

## Position the Yellow Corners Correctly

While holding your cube as shown, here:

NOW twist the top (U) face until at least 2 corners are in the right location. 2 Corners MUST be in the right location as A, B or A, D or B, C as shown, below. If all 4 corners are in the right place then proceed to the 2nd Step.

### 1st Step: Position yellow corners correctly

While holding your cube as shown above, look at the top (U) face. Place the 2 correct corners in the back A, B or diagonally A, D or B, C across from each other.

If corners A and B are in the right place then switch C and D, do the sequence below:

If you need to switch diagonal corners like B and C or C and A, then do the sequence once. Then, orient the cube so the 2 correct corners are in the back and do the sequence again.

### Congratulations!

If your cube looks like this picture, you can move to the 2nd Step

### 2nd Step: Position the yellow edges correctly

Your goal for this step is:

If 1 edge is correct and 3 edges are incorrect, orient the cube so the face with the correct edge is the back (B) face. Then, determine if the edge pieces need to move clockwise or counter-clockwise and do the correct sequence below.

If all 4 edges are incorrect, then do either sequence below once, and then determine what direction the three edge pieces need to move and do the correct sequence below.

To cycle E F G Clockwise or E F G H Clockwise

To cycle E F G Counter-Clockwise or E F G H Counter-Clockwise