What colors is a Rubiks Cube

Rubik's Cube / 3x3x3 / The 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube

Introduction [edit]

As in many games, some parts of the game have special names, for example in chess, there is also a "king", a "horse", and even individual moves have names. It is the same with a 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube. This chapter explains what the individual components of a cube are called. The next chapter describes the notation, i.e. what individual rotary movements are called.

The Cubies / Cubeletts [edit]

"Cubies" or "Cubeletts", or simply stones, are the small cubes that are located on the surface of the Rubik's Cube. With a 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube there are 3 different types of Cubies. (The respective "Cubie-Art" is colored gray)

Center stones
The middle stones, also called "Center Cubies (or Cubeletts)" in English, have exactly 1 area.
You are always in the middle of a page.
And the most important thing when solving a Rubik's Cube: You always specify the color of your entire side.
This means that if there is a blue cubie in the middle, then the entire side of which it is the center stone will be blue when the cube is solved. This has the advantage that you know exactly where to position certain cubies. A white-blue curb should be placed between a white center stone and a blue center stone.
In addition, you will find that the white side is always opposite the yellow side, the blue side is always opposite the green side, and so on. In addition, the sequence of the white side, the red side and the green side is always clockwise when you looks at the white-red-green edge. It follows from this that the central stones cannot "be moved against each other".
If you have not understood this, you can read through the section Test whether you have understood it.
Curb stones
The edge stones, also called "Edge Cubies (or Cubeletts)" in English, have exactly 2 surfaces.
Corner stones
The corner stones, also called "Corner Cubies (or Cubeletts)" in English, have exactly 3 surfaces.

Furthermore, there is exactly once every Cubie. For example, there is only exactly 1 corner stone that is white-red green and only one edge that is blue-orange.

Note: With some Rubik's Cubes, one area is purple instead of orange!
(Some also have a black side instead of a white one and a white side instead of black plastic, but dice are often offered in both variants)

The pages [edit]

With a Rubik's Cube you can always have an entire page, in technical terminology it is also "layer“Called, turning, that is what characterizes them.

A 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube has a total of 9 different layers (the respective layer is colored gray):

The names of the rotary movements are derived from the English names of the individual pages. More on this in the next chapter notation.

Color schemes [edit]

The color scheme of a Rubik's Cube indicates where which side is in the dissolved state. Any color scheme is allowed at official competitions (of course only as long as there is only one color), so you can stick on your cube as you like, but this book is based on the western color scheme.
The two most frequently used color schemes are the western and the Japanese, sometimes these are also mirrored, which means that all the opposite colors are still correct, but in a different order.

Western color scheme [edit]


Opposite colors:

  • white / black * - yellow
  • orange / purple - red
  • blue green

Colors lying next to each other

  • If you hold white on top and orange in front,
    is Blouch links
    and Grün rreal
    (For a cube with a mirrored color scheme, blue would be on the right and green on the left)

additional

  • This color scheme is also abbreviated as "BOY", short for blue - orange - yellow (German: blue - orange - yellow)

Japanese color scheme [edit]


Opposite colors:

  • White blue
  • yellow-green
  • Red orange

*(Some also have a black side instead of a white one and a white side instead of black plastic, but dice are often offered in both variants)

Test if you understand [edit]

Here you can check whether you have understood this long paragraph under the heading Center stones.

Question: Can you determine what kind of cubie (type, color, alignment) is in the released state at the circled point? If so, which stone is it? Why?

The stone you are looking for is a white-orange curb stone, with the white sticker surface facing upwards and the orange-colored one facing forward.
This is because afterwards in the dissolved state the white surface must point upwards and the orange one towards the front (if you do not turn the cube around its own axis afterwards). This is determined by the color of the center stones.

"Importance" of a step [edit]

Most of the step-by-step solutions will include a line with Importance: mandatory / recommended / optional Find. It indicates whether you should learn this solution if you want to solve the cube by heart.

  • mandatory: this solution is absolutely necessary to solve the cube
  • Recommended: you can solve the cube according to the respective solution without any problems if you do not learn this solution variant. If you master this solution anyway, you can save a lot of trains
  • optional: you can solve the cube according to the respective solution without any problems if you do not learn this solution variant. If you master this solution anyway, you can save a few moves

Dismantle / assemble cube [edit]

this is what this subchapter deals with

Cube tuning [edit]

this is what this sub-chapter deals with