Read this way >> Well lets face it, if you don't know notation, you
R R' L
L'
This is not really something you need to memorize, just understand that R, U, and F abbreviate right, up, and down respectively and that prime (') means counterclockwise. x or (r) x' or (r')
There are also two kinds of move that change the middle layer. r or Rw r' or Rw' l or Lw l' or Lw'
Slice moves: (You will never use any of these except for M. Notice how the notation is backwards! M' turns like R)
M'
M
| Read this way >> There is a basic set of notation that everyone uses, and two sets of notation for more advanced turns.
U U'
D
D'
Now for the cube rotations. These become important quite early in solving, so you should know these too. I remember them like this: y turns like U, x turns like R, and z turns like F. y or (u) y' or (u')
The first involves a normal turn which carries the middle layer with it.
u or Uw u' or Uw' d or Dw d' or Dw'
I have never seen an E. You don't need to know this.
E
E'
| Read this way >> Let's start with the basics! The image shows what the cube looks like after performing the turn (green in front).
F F' B B'
There is also a second set of notation which is also common, in this set cube rotations are represented by a lower case letter in parenthesis. (u) means to rotate the cube similar to a U turn.
z or (f) z' or (f')
The second is called a 'slice move' and changes only the middle layer. f or Fw f' or Fw' b or Bw b' or Bw'
I saw an S once, but I forgot where! You don't need to know this.
S
S'
Special thanks to Lars Vandenbergh at cubezone.be for these images! |