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Rubik’s 2×2 Notation

Learn 2×2 Notation:

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THE MAIN IDEA: Rubik’s 2×2 Notation is like English or any language–just specific to the rubik’s cube. It’s how moves on a Rubik’s Cube are recorded, just like you would use English to write in a journal.

THE BASICS: there are six faces on a rubik’s cube, and a letter for each one. F=front, B=back, U=up, D=down, R=right, L=left. If I said the letter (F) to you, that would mean turn the front face clockwise.

2x2 notation faces

PRIME ROTATION: any letter with an apostrophe ‘ after it marks a prime, or counterclockwise, rotation.

DOUBLE ROTATION: F2 means rotate the front face twice. It doesn’t matter which direction.

WHOLE CUBE ROTATION: X, Y, and Z notate rotating the whole cube, along the X Y and Z axis. The X rotation is in the same direction as an R turn, Y as a U, and Z as an F.

Congrats on finishing the article! You’re all set to learn how to solve the 2×2.

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