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Learn to Solve the 2x2 Rubik's Cube!

teacher avatar Byron Erwin, Efficiency Is Key

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5 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. First Layer Basics

    • 3. First Layer Special Cases

    • 4. Pro Tip

    • 5. The Final Step

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             In this course, I will teach you how to solve the 2x2 Rubik's Cube. This is a fun puzzle and can be a nice challenge for those that are new to solving puzzles. If you already know how to solve the normal 3x3 Rubik's cube, this will be a very simple and fun puzzle to solve. There is no cube notation or algorithms you have to read. I will break down every step and even include some tips to make your solving experience even better! An advanced course on this will be on the way so if you enjoyed this course, be sure to follow me for that. I hope you enjoy this course. I'll see you in there!

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Byron Erwin

Efficiency Is Key


Hey Everyone. My name is Byron. Getting the opportunity to teach people the joy of the Rubiks Cube all over the world is amazing. It's incredibly addicting and very fun. What I find really enjoyable is teaching people how to solve it then watching them grow into faster and faster cubers. This platform gives me the chance to do just that - but on a larger scale. I'm excited to meet and talk to you guys about this awesome past time. Lets get started. 

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1. Introduction: look my course on how to solve the two by two. My name is Byron. I have been solving cubes for well over 11 years at this point, and within that time I've taught well over 300 people how to solve a Rubiks cubes both online and in person. This course is gonna be dedicated towards those that would like to learn how to solve a two by two. And maybe you have no experience at all on how to solve any type of puzzle at all. This is your first attempt. Even if you do know how to solve a Rubiks cubes of some sort and you've never tackled this little bugger, This is gonna be the course for you. I am gonna be showing you guys step by step. How I solve the two by two in the easiest way possible. With the least amount of algorithms required, this is gonna be a pretty fun course. I think you guys are gonna find a lot of enjoyment out of this. So with that being said, let's get started 2. First Layer Basics: So I just want to let you guys know before we get started. If you guys were interested in picking up this Matt, this cube that I'm using or any of the cubes that you see or puzzles that you see in the background, feel free to take a look in the course description so you guys can pick some of the stuff up for yourself. So the first thing we're gonna be doing is we're gonna get an entire side. I'm gonna be doing white in this example, but you're not only just gonna be getting the white side to face the same direction, you're also going to make sure that all the colors on the sides are also matching as well. So we're gonna start off with a scrambled cube. And although I'm gonna start off with white, you can use the same principle for any color you decided to go for. So first thing you want to do is find a white corner like this one, and then you're also going to want to look at the other two colors. Here we have green and we have read. So you're gonna set that on the bottom? Baker's basically make white face the bottom and we're going to look somewhere in this top area, this whole layer for another white piece. So let's say here we have one right here. We're gonna look at the other two colors on that one. This one is red and blue. So with this one, we're going to see what is what color is in common with the one that we already are starting with. So we have read here and we have read there. So that's the color in common. That means you're going to place this corner down here next to it, and that's going to have this piece salt. So what we're gonna do is you're going to start by putting that corner and yet again. It doesn't matter if the white is facing here, there or there. As long as it is in the correct spot above where it belongs, you're gonna hold it on the right hand side like this, and then this is gonna be your first algorithm. But don't worry, I'm not going to be using cube notation or anything confusing. It's gonna be really simple. So we're going to start off. We're gonna go the right side away to the left, and you're gonna go towards you to the right. So you're gonna continue to do that until this corner is solved and you'll know it's solved because it will be white, white, and it'll be red red right here. Now there's gonna be times that you'll do this and you will still have white on the bottom . But these colors will not match. That's how you know that this corner is not in the right spot. And you may just have to continue to do it until you get the corner in the right spot. So we're just going to pick another corner of somewhere in the top layer and looks like this is the one I can work with, and we're going to repeat the process. So I'm gonna find the secondary colors, which here we have orange and blue, and I'm gonna see out of the two pieces I have now which color matches. So I have blue here, and I also have blue here, so I'm going to place this corner above where it's gonna go, which should go right next to the color it matches. I'm gonna hold on my right hand side just like this and we're going to repeat the process. We're going to be the right away to the left, towards you, to the right, to the right, away, to the left, towards you, to the right. And every time you do these, you're always going to look and see if that corner is solved. If it's not, just continue to do it again and then check one more time to the right, right away, to the left, Towards you, to the right. And now here we have white, white and we have blue blue. So now with that ones in the right spot So we have one more that we have to do. We look somewhere there, top layer for a white and we don't have it. So if we look on the bottom layer, we see this piece does have white and it is green and orange. If you look at the set, the side colors, the colors, their neck, their neighboring it it's already in the right spot. We have green and we have orange. So this corner is already in the right spot. We just have to flip it. It doesn't matter if the corner is here or if it's up there as long as it's in the right spot, you can just do the algorithm the way you normally dio until it solves itself. So, for example, it's already in the right spot, and I'm gonna do the same algorithm right away, to the left, towards you, to the right, right away, to the left, towards you, to the right, and as you see it, that solve itself. So this is what a completed layer will look like. Once you have gotten to this point, you're ready for the next step. Now, keep in mind, you may have a time that it will look solved, but it is incorrect all the way around. This is when you know that you need to redo that layer, and sometimes you will find it look like this. And yet again, it's not matching all the way around. So you will have to review those, and I'm gonna show you the special case. If, for whatever reason, you can't find any of your colors toe work with in the top layer 3. First Layer Special Cases: I hope you guys are enjoying the course so far. I just wanted to ask you if you guys get the opportunity to review the course, please go ahead and review it. You may see something pop up on top of the screen, so that way you guys can let me know what I'm doing. Good. What? I'm doing bad on what I can do to improve my videos in the future to give you guys some better quality content. So a special case I'm referring to is when your first layer is clearly not fully solved. And so you place a corner you want to start with on the bottom and you look in the top layer and there's no white toe work with or whatever color you're solving for. This is a very easy thing to handle. So first thing you want to do is look in the bottom layer for a corner that is not in the right spot. So pretty much all of these air in the wrong spot. So here we can pick anything we want. But all you're gonna do is have the one you want to kick out into the top layer on the bottom on your right hand side and you're gonna do your normal algorithm one time. So, for example, we're gonna do it right away. To the left, towards you, to the right. That's one algorithm that's one set of moves. And if you've noticed now we have a white in the top layer that we can work with. So then you're just going to repeat the process as before and continue to do the solve as normal. You may have to do this maybe once or twice, but this is a pretty easy thing to conquer if you get into the position where you start with the corner, so you place it on the bottom, and then you find a white that you can work with on the top. And when you check the secondary colors, none of those secondary colors match any of the colors of the one you already have solved. Then all you have to do is place that corner on the opposite side of that corner. So, for example, this one is red and blue, and the one I wanted to see that only one I can work within the top layer is green and orange, so there's no colors in common here. So typically, if there was a color in common, let's say there was blue. I would place it here next to the blue, or if it was red, I would place it here or up here. I'm sorry to go down there next to the red here. There's nothing in common, so I'm going to move it over to this spot. So we're going to follow the same process where we hold the corner above the spot. It's supposed to go in, and then we're going to repeat our algorithm as normal until the white is facing down. Sometimes you may get the wrong one in here as you're solving this one, and you just have to pay attention to make sure that none of those colors match any of these colors. For sometimes as you do your algorithm, you will get the wrong corner in that spot, and you have to continue until you get the correct one in there. As long as you understand that, then getting the rest of these is going to be a piece of cake 4. Pro Tip : pro tip. Sometimes you're going to see a bar that already matches up with another corner. And it's not the color that you are initially intending to solve. If you run into this, it's really helpful to be color neutral and be able to solve different colors and not always the exact same color. This will make getting your first layer a little bit easier, since you only have to go for two corners rather than four or three. So keep that in mind. For instance, Here, this is a bar like you go with. I could go for the blue side or I could go for the red side, and I also have another one here that's yellow. So I go for the yellow side. Or I could go for the Green Side so either of these would be decent candidates as long as the corners that you want to put in are in pretty good positions. So just keep that in mind when you're trying to solve. So now that you have the first layer completed, they're going to be fixating on any corner that you already solved. Let's just pick this one blue and red, you're going to try and locate a corner that has blue and red as well. Now you're looking for one of two different situations. You want all four corners to be in the right spot with respect to the bottom set of colors , and I'll give you an example in a moment or you're looking for just one corner to be in the right spot. Now these corners air flipped in various ways, but the secondary colors will tell you if they belong where they are. So, for example, this one is blue and red. And like I said, we were gonna fixate on blue and red down here. And it is blue and red and yellow. So we know these two colors and these two colors are the same. So this belongs together. So this corner is technically in the right spot. Now we're going to look at the other corners and see if we can find either one or four that are all the right spot. So here's an example of one. Now this one is blue and orange. This one is green and orange. That's not in the right spot. Here we have orange green. This one is blue orange, so that's not in the right spot. And this one is green, red, and we have green red. So these two are in the correct spot, and these two are not. But like I said, we're looking for one in the right spot or all four in the right spot. You may get into a position where not you can't only get one or you can only get four, and I will show you guys that in a second how to handle that. Until then, just pay attention because this is gonna go right into that. So if you are in the situation, you're going to move it any direction. You go this way or you go that way and you're going to check the corners again. So this one that's not in the right spot, that one's not in the right spot. This one is in the right spot, and that one's not so. Now I'm in a position where I have one that is in the right spot, so if you have one that's in the right spot, you're going to hold it just like this. Now, if you have four that are in the right spot you can skip this step, but when you solve it again, you may get into a position where you're going to have to do this. So don't not watch this. This probably doesn't weigh. Could explain. It s so that way you'll know what to do if you run into this case. Now, if you can't get one or four, they're in the right spot. Just perform this algorithm from any side and then go ahead and look for that one or four case again. No, I have this one here. We're going to place it on our right hand side just like this. This algorithm is very easy yet again. I'm not gonna show any Cuba notation. Just follow the steps here. You're gonna start removing the piece to the left. You're gonna pull up the bottom, push it back, and you're gonna repeat. You're gonna bring up the bottom, push it back, and then you going to do the opposites. You're gonna bring it down. Bring this one over and bring that down. Now you're going to check the corners again to see if they are all in the right spot, which they are not. So we're going to do it again. So to the left, show the bottom, push it back. Show the bottom. Push it back when these lineup bring it down. Make these lineup Bring that down. Were to check the corners again. This one is in the right spot. That one is in the right spot and so is that one. So now we are ready for the next step. And this is the final step of solving the to I to 5. The Final Step: Now that you have all the corners and correct spots, we're gonna move on to the final step, and that's just going to be flipping these corners. So that way yellow was on top. Now, to do this, you're gonna notice you're gonna have one corner that may be solved, or you may have no corners that are solved. But if it's lined up like this blue, blue, orange, orange, yellow on top we all know white and yellow or opposites. So this corner is completely solved. For instance, these ones, though, are not the They're in the right spots, but they need to be flipped. So any corners that are in the right spots and need to be flipped you're going to perform this to your going to flip the whole thing on its head, and you're going to start with any of these corners that need to be flipped, and you're going to go back to that first algorithm I showed you where you're gonna go right away. Move it to the left and then go towards you to the right. You're going to perform that algorithm in those four moves until yellow is pointing down. So we're gonna continue again right away. To the left, Towards you. To the right. Check. Not there yet. We're gonna go again right away. To the left. Towards you. To the right. Check. Continue. Right away. To the left. Towards you. To the right. Check yellows. There. Now we will move on. You're going to pick another corner. These are the other two remaining corners that need to be flipped. You're not going to want to move the cube and do they do it again? Otherwise you're gonna start all the way over. Keep the same face you were looking at and move one of these corners over to you like that . Then continue the same process as you did for the first corner. Right away. To the left, Towards you. To the right. Check. Not there. We're gonna continue towards you. To the left, right away. To left towards you too, Right? All right. Now we're going to move on to the next one, move it over, just like before, and repeat the process right away. To the left, Towards you, To the right. Check and continue right away. So left towards you to the right. Check. Right away to the left towards you To the right check right away, To the left, towards you, to the rights check. It is there that is the two by two. That's how you do it. Not a bad puzzle. Pretty easy. And it is actually pretty easy to get fast. I'll probably posting another core soon. That teaches you guys how to solve this in a more effective manner. If you guys were interested in picking up this cube this, Matt, any of these puzzles I have in the back, please feel free to look at the video or the course descriptions to pick up some of this stuff up for yourself. And as always, it's been a pleasure, and I'll see you guys in the next course.