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Notation for Noobs:

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Well lets face it, if you don't know notation, you are a noob. Don't worry, it's never too late to learn!

 

 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

 

 

 

 

 

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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'

 

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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!