Solving the Rubiks Cube
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The Rubik’s cube was invented by the Hungarian professor Erno Rubik in 1974. It took him one month to solve this traditional (3x3x3) Rubik’s Cube for the first time.

Nowadays we have the internet, and things go a lot faster. The world record is set by Collin Burns. This American teenager solved the Cube within 5.25 seconds – incredible result.

I have no intention breaking this record. I thought it would be fun to be able to solve the Rubik’s Cube within 5 minutes. I used an online guide and I now can solve the Rubik’s Cube within 5 minutes – without the help of the guide.

 

 My camera decided to film blurry for twenty seconds on 0:47 – sorry for that, Sir.

 

Some useless statistics

  • 2 times I threw the cube on the ground of frustration
  • 1 time I broke down a cube (not as a result of throwing the cube away)
  • 7 and a half hours I had to practise before being able to solve the cube in 4.38 minutes
  • 3 minutes is my current personal record (I actually broke it in the video, first take. Great success!)

 

How I learned the Rubik’s Cube

 

 Understanding the Rubik’s cube – after 2.30 hours of practise

How to solve the Rubiks cube

 

Underneath, I will show you how I learned it, how much time it took me and the struggles I went through.

 

Solving the white cross – after 3.10 hours of practise

Rubiks cube solving white cross

 Solving the white corners – after 3.15 hours of practise

Rubiks cube solving the white side

 

  • After another 45 minutes of practise, I was able to complete stage four without help of the guide. I was able to solve the first two layers.

 

Solving the first two layers – after 4 hours of practise

Rubiks Cube solving the first two layers

 

  • I tried this three more times, in which I was able to solve the cube until stage four within 14, 10 and 5 minutes respectively.
  • After 20 minutes of practise I was able to solve stage 5, the yellow cross, without help of the guide.

 

Solving the yellow cross – after 4.50 hours of practise

Rubiks cube yellow cross

 

  • After another 20 minutes of practise I was able to solve the complete yellow side, without help of the guide.

Solving the yellow side – after 5.10 hours of practise

Rubiks cube yellow side

 

 

After another 10 minutes of practise, disaster stroke. My cube fell apart.

I like to believe this happened, because I was so fast the cube couldn’t handle it anymore.

 

  • After 15 minutes of practise, I was able to solve the blocks along the yellow side within 6.5 minutes. I tried two times.
  • After another 25 minutes of practise I solved my first Rubik’s cube without any help!

 

Disaster stroke again. I wanted to look up my time on my iPhone, but battery ran out. I estimate I solved the cube within 8 minutes.

 

  • Solved the Rubik’s cube within 5.48 minutes.
  • Failed to solve it – made mistake. Costed me 10 minutes.
  • Solved the Rubik’s cube within 5.20 minutes.
  • Solved the Rubik’s cube within 5.48 minutes. Made minor mistake.
  • Solved the Rubik’s cube within 4.38 minutes! Mission accomplished.

 

In total it took me approximately seven and a half hours.

 

 

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